Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Ram raid on council parks store

Ram raid on council parks store

VEHICLES and machinery were stolen in a ram raid at Henley Town Council’s storage depot.

Raiders broke into the locked storage unit, off Reading Road, by driving into the shuttered door on Wednesday evening last week.

They then stole a Land Rover, a pick-up truck and machinery including a two-stroke chainsaw, a strimmer and a hedge-cutter.

They also took two bicycles belonging to members of the council’s parks services staff.

Karl Bishop, who manages the team and had a bicycle stolen, said: “I first heard about it when one of the members of staff called me as I was on my way to work the next morning.

“The police were on site pretty quickly so members of the public must have phoned them.

“It is gutting, really. Nobody wants to be robbed. It’s not a nice feeling but if people want to steal from you they are going to get in somehow.

“We still have a job to do and we will get on with it as well as we can. We are still busy but some jobs we were going to do will have to wait for a while.”

Mr Bishop confirmed that the equipment was covered by the council’s insurance policy.

Police are reviewing CCTV footage. Anyone with information should call the Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101, quoting the reference 43190 054904.

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