70 lor­ries dam­aged by van­dals in overnight spree

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

PO­LICE are hunt­ing a gang who caused £1,000s of dam­age to lor­ries in Mac­cles­field.

The cur­tain side of around 70 ve­hi­cles were slashed at three sep­a­rate trans­port firms overnight be­tween Satur­day Novem­ber, 7, and Sun­day Novem­ber, 8.

Of­fend­ers dam­aged 52 lor­ries at Wil­liam Kirk Ltd Adling­ton Busi­ness Park, one at James Pugh and Sons Lim­ited on Lon­don Road, and five lor­ries at BC Trans­port in Bolling­ton. The cost of re­pairs and re­plac­ing cur­tains is ex­pected to be sev­eral thou­sand pounds.

It is not known if the at­tacks were car­ried out by a gang of thieves or if it was a de­lib­er­ate act of van­dal­ism. De­tec­tives are trawl­ing through CCTV in a bid to find those re­spon­si­ble.

Sgt Si­mon Degg from Mac­cles­field Po­lice said: “What we know so far is that it ap­pears a group of peo­ple broke into the yards of three com­pa­nies and tar­geted their lorry fleet, slash­ing open the cur­tains on the sides to see what are in­side in a bid to steal what they could get.”

Paul New­ton, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Wil­liam Kirk Ltd, said: “They have come in via the truck park and cut through the perime­ter fence. They’ve then slashed 52 cur­tains on the ve­hi­cles. They were ob­vi­ously see­ing if they were loaded. Noth­ing was taken. What is not clear is if this was a reccy with a view of them com­ing back or its some­thing more sin­is­ter, like some­one with a vendetta against us. Our guys did a great job fix­ing up the lor­ries over Sun­day so the op­er­a­tion suf­fered no de­lays.”

Robert Wil­son, man­ager at BC Trans­port, said: “They have bro­ken into the yard and gone through all the ve­hi­cles. Those which were cov­ered they have slashed through and shone a light through to see what they could take. All of them were empty so they got noth­ing. But the dam­age is es­ti­mated to be about £5,000. In the mean­time we are bulk­ing up our se­cu­rity in case who­ever did it thinks about com­ing back.”

David Mather, op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor at James Pugh Ltd, said: “At least once a week one of our ve­hi­cles gets dam­aged like this. It’s a said fact of life.”

Any­one with in­for­maiton should con­tact po­lice on 101 quot­ing in­ci­dent 447-8/11 or Crimestop­pers on 0800 555111.

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