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£15,000 break-in at former brewery

Thousands of pounds of copper has been stolen from a former brewery in Horndean, Hampshire, which is in the process of being redeveloped. The thief / thieves broke into the site of the former Gales Brewery in London Road between 1pm on Friday 21st December and 7.30am on Wednesday 2nd January.

They caused damage to an electricity sub station and stripped out copper and cooling oil. The damage and stolen property amounts to about £15,000.

“The actions of those responsible could have been extremely dangeroushad the sub station been live.“The incident occurred within a 12 day period while the building sitewas closed for Christmas. It is highly likely that the offenders useda vehicle to commit the crime and to transport away the large amountof copper and oil.“Did you see a vehicle or people at the site while it was closed? I amparticularly interested in hearing from anyone who may have seen ablack Saab at the site during this period.”

– PC Brent Vine, South of Butser Safer Neighbourhoods team

Anyone with information is being asked to contact PC Vine at Waterlooville police station by phoning 101. Mini-Com users can call the police on 18001 101. Information can be given anonymously bycalling the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

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