Metal thieves smash into scrap firm

Andy Gillett shows the damage done to a roller door and (below) Joe Gillett with a bag similar to those taken.
Andy Gillett shows the damage done to a roller door and (below) Joe Gillett with a bag similar to those taken.
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A FYLDE businessman is offering a £1,000 reward in a bid to catch robbers who ram raided his premises, leaving thousands of pounds of damage.

Andy Gillett, who owns Lytham St Annes Skip Hire and Gilletts Environmental Ltd, says raiders broke into the premises on Boundary Road in Lytham by ramming a vehicle through the 16ft high steel gates.

Joe Gillett with a bag similar to those taken.

Joe Gillett with a bag similar to those taken.

The burglars then stole scrap metal and tools, leaving Mr Gillett with a loss of more than £3,000 and damage in excess of £2,000.

Mr Gillett, from Lytham, said: “They’ve been quite brutal in the damage they have done. They have used a large vehicle to ram the steel gates. They are 16ft high and 15ft wide and they’ve smashed them up.

“You can see skid marks on the ground where they have been ramming into the gates.

“They’ve cut the locks off the shipping containers and stolen copper, stainless steel and equipment including a boring tool.

“This is the fourth time I’ve been robbed in two years. They are taking my livelihood away from me.”

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Mr Gillett, who received a phone call from another businessman on the site on Sunday morning to say the premises had been turned over, is so determined the thieves are caught he is offering a reward which leads to the conviction of the crooks.

He is also spending £5,000 on installing more security, including extra gates and CCTV cameras, at the site to prevent another raid.

He added: “I’m offering £1,000 for the conviction of whoever is responsible. I’m so angry. They need to be caught.”

Police are now appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

It is thought the burglars broke into the premises sometime between 11.30am on Saturday and 10.30am on Sunday.

A police spokesman said: “Officers have carried out inquiries with nearby local business and made house to house inquiries. They have also been looking at CCTV and crime scene investigators have been at the site.

“An incident like this has a massive impact on a business and we would urge anyone who may have seen anything suspicious over the weekend or if they have come across anyone trying to off-load the stolen goods to contact us.

“The neighbourhood policing team have been made aware and are carrying out reassurance work in the area.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Lancashire Police on 101.

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