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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Alcohol and lawnmowers stolen from north Cumbrian warehouse

Furious staff have hit out at thieves who raided a warehouse, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake.

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James Charnley, operations director at Cumbria Logistics

Cases of alcohol, energy drinks and lawnmowers were stolen from pallets inside Cumbria Logistics in Sandysike, near Longtown.

A safe and company van was also taken in the midnight raid but the van was later found dumped a short distance away.

Nicola Harris, financial director of the family-run business based on the Sandysike Industrial Estate, revealed the devastation caused during the break-in.

She said: “It was a big theft – we don’t know the total value of the stolen goods yet because it is still going through the insurance.

“It’s the damage they caused. The phone lines were all cut to stop the alarms going off, and they hammered their way through a wall to get inside.

“It has cost thousands of pounds to get the wall rebuilt and phone lines and alarm systems replaced.

“But it is the disruption it caused us as a company as well because we’re part of a network and we are counted on to deliver goods and when we weren’t up and running it left us with a lot of problems.

“It’s just infuriating – we’re all here to try and make a living and someone thinks they have the right to come in and do this.”

Police have launched an investigation into the burglary, which happened between midnight and 4pm on Sunday, November 24.

Among the stolen items were several Mountfield lawnmowers, Sotherby’s port, wine, socks and hairbrushes.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have been in the area at the time and noticed anything suspicious to contact PC Andy Hunter on 101.


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