70 lorries damaged by vandals in overnight spree
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.