Letchworth gardening business determined to carry on despite overnight raid at industrial estate
- Credit: Archant
The founder of a gardening business which was ransacked in an overnight raid at a Letchworth industrial estate has been left sickened in the aftermath of the raid, but is determined to carry on regardless.
Police are appealing for information following the incident, which saw burglars break into Green Lane Industrial Estate and force their way through the front doors of five business units.
The raid – which took place between 6pm on Monday, March 21 and 6am on Tuesday, March 22 – saw at least £40,000 worth of equipment stolen, a figure which is likely to rise.
Among the victims were Caroline and Steve Howells at gardening group ARCH, normally in the public eye for their hard work in the town which has included creating a community garden in The Wynd with a host of volunteers.
The team have also been known to hold colourful scarecrow school competitions at Standalone Farm.
You may also want to watch:
Caroline said: “We lost all our power tools – the full financial loss has reached £10,000.
“I’m sickened that 13 years hard work could be taken away so easily and quickly.
- 1 7 haunted locations that will give you a Halloween fright
- 2 Man taken to hospital after crash involving mobility scooter and motorhome
- 3 Man dies after Stevenage e-scooter crash
- 4 Road closures following crash in Letchworth
- 5 5 of the best pumpkin picking locations in Hertfordshire
- 6 Letchworth paedophile jailed for sexual activity with a child
- 7 Memories of a famous FA Cup run for Stevenage after first round draw made
- 8 Child abuse investigation dropped after hotel lost CCTV
- 9 Opening of long-awaited Stevenage supermarket
- 10 Primary school's new garden has 'positive effect on wellbeing and learning'
“But we have got to keep going both for the customers and staff – it’s the start of the season for us and we need to be working.
“We’re one of five small businesses targeted that evening, everyone will struggle but we are determined to keep going.”
Vandalism was also carried out at Alpine Industrial Safety Suppliers, where a glass office door was smashed and power tools were stolen.
As well as having a lorry broken into – although nothing was taken from the vehicle – MLC Motorsport had several go-kart parts taken in the raid.
SG6 Construction and Unit Six were also victims of the raid, with power tools stolen from both businesses.
PC Danielle Einchcomb said: “Thousands of pounds worth of electrical goods, power tools and go-karting equipment have been stolen during these break ins.
“I am appealing for anyone who has any information or saw anything suspicious in the area between the times stated to get in touch.
“I’m also keen to hear from anyone who may have been offered the stolen goods for sale.”
Anyone who saw the man or van in the area at the time is asked to contact PC Einchcomb via the police non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference G2/16/547.