Appeal to find thieves who targeted hotel

CCTV images of the men police want to speak to after the theft from the Imperial

CCTV images of the men police want to speak to after the theft from the Imperial


Police have released images of two people they want to speak to following thefts of a number of watches from a well known Blackpool hotel.

Five watches were forcibly removed from a locked display cabinet at the Imperial hotel’s main corridor.

The incident happened on November 6 and was caught on CCTV.

This is the second incident of this kind at the famous seafront hotel as watches were also stolen from the same cabinet on October 20.

The thief involved in that incident has been caught and is not a suspect in this case, police said.

The watches were part of a display which the hotel leases to local businesses to sell their products.

The company who the watches belonged to was also the victim from the incident in October.

The latest theft was valued at more than £180.

Despite the two recent incidents, the Imperial Hotel manager Alison Gilmore said problems of this kind are rare for the hotel.

She said: “We are very lucky as a hotel because not much happens like this so when it does, it comes as a real shock.

“We’ve had showcases in the hotel for years and it’s the first time I can remember anything bad happening. It’s not what we want and it’s not what our clients want either.”

The manager has since taken steps to ensure the theft does not happen for a third time.

She added: “We have replaced the locks with invisible locks so there is not way of getting behind the cabinet. We just hope that the actions that we have taken will stop more things from happening.”

PC Matthew Duffy, from Blackpool Police is leading the investigation, he said: “The locks were forced open and five watches were taken. It’s difficult to see what exactly they used to break into the cabinet from the footage but we believe it was a flat-bladed article.

“It’s unfortunate that it is the same lady considering there are several companies who display their products there. For a small business to be hit twice so close to Christmas is very unfortunate.”

Anyone with information should call Police on 101.

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