Thursday, 19 October 2017

Gardening tools stolen from council’s depot

BURGLARS stole several thousand pounds’ worth of gardening equipment from Henley Town Council.

BURGLARS stole several thousand pounds’ worth of gardening equipment from Henley Town Council.

They broke into the authority’s storage depot off Reading Road, overnight on Monday.

After cutting through several locks they made off with a John Deere ride-on lawnmower, a John Deere “Gator” buggy and a trailer. It is suspected that they loaded the first two into the trailer then attached it to a getaway vehicle and drove off.

A member of the council’s parks services team discovered the break-in at 7.30am on Tuesday and alerted police.

Councillor Sam Evans, chairwoman of the council’s recreation and amenities committee, said: “We had some pretty substantial locks so they knew what they were doing and had come prepared. There must have been a large number of people to lift and load the gear, unless they were very good at cracking ignition locks and driving the items away individually.

“It really makes you sick and angry — what right have these people got to take our property? We are insured but presumably this will lead to an increase in our premiums, which are funded by taxpayers’ money.”

Councillor Evans said there would be no disruption to groundskeeping services as the council still has enough equipment to get by.

The Reading Road site is due to be redeveloped for housing under the town’s neighbourhood plan. When the storage yard moves to another site, security will be reviewed and tightened up if necessary.



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