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£20,000 break in at fire centre

Photo : Ian Robinson
Fire Fighters Charity Tough Enough challenge at Washington Hall in Euxton

Photo : Ian Robinson Fire Fighters Charity Tough Enough challenge at Washington Hall in Euxton

More than £20,000 worth of equipment has been stolen from Chorley’s fire training centre.

Hoses, pumps, and equipment to cut people out of car wrecks have all been stolen from Washington Hall in Euxton.

Fire bosses say the tools are not used in day-to-day firefighting duties.

A spokesman for Lancashire Fire and Rescue said: “We can confirm there was a break in and various items of equipment including hoses and hydraulic cutting gear used for car crashes was stolen.

“In total it is worth £20,000 to £25,000.

“The cost will be met and the theft will not effect day-today duties.

“The police are now investigating and there is nothing else we can say at this time.”

It happened between 5pm on Wednesday and 9am on Thursday at the training centre off Washington Lane and West Way.

Thieves cut through a padlock securing the metal gates and took the tools from a metal storage container.

They took heavy duty cutters, a petrol driven pump, two hydraulic rams, hydraulic spreaders, two saws, and 20m of hose.

A spokesman for Lancashire police said: “We would urge anyone who knows anything about this incident, or the items stolen, to contact us by calling 101.”

Alternatively call charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Washington Hall is an international fire training centre and provides training to over 70 countries worldwide.

 

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