March 12, 2009
raid 'devastates' Highbridge sign manufacturing company
stole tens of thousands of pounds worth of equipment from a Highbridge
sign-making company in a raid early on Thursday (March 12th).
van, computers, tools and other high-value equipment was stolen
when the thieves broke a window, pictured above, to gain entry
to Bespoke Signs in Commercial Way on the Walrow Industrial Estate.
Steve Elton, pictured, told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Thursday morning:
"We're all completely devastated. They have taken anything
that had any value whatsoever."
four tonnes of aluminium extrusion material has been taken, along
with lots of specialised tools and computer equipment - effectively
putting us out of business."
had to turn away several customers this morning and I do wonder
whether we'll be able to recover from this. Seven jobs could now
be in jeopardy."
several tubs of coffee and sugar have been stolen - it's just
registration number of the firm's white Volkswagen van, which
was stolen during the break-in, is WJ54XRU and Mr Elton urged
anyone who sees the vehicle to contact police via the Crimestoppers
line on 0800 555 111.
added that among the items stolen was a metal engraving made up
of melted coins found beneath Weston Pier after last summer's
was due to be auctioned off in aid of the blood bikes, but has
now gone as well," he said.
company is well-known for its work with local charitable and worthy
causes - and this is now in jeopardy.
Elton praised local scrap dealers and merchants for their offers
of help on Thursday morning following the raid. "People have
already begun to rally round with help, which we are very grateful
for. It will take a long time to get over this," he added.
total value of the property taken is in the region of £80,000.
The break-in occurred between Wednesday 11th March and Thursday
12th March, between 6pm and 8am.
photos show Mr Elton holding the broken window, through which
the thieves gained entry, and standing outside the property