Thieves steal copper wire from old Horndean brewery site

Police incident tape.
Police incident tape.
The fire near Kentidge Way, Waterlooville, yesterday. Picture: Craig Handy

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Thieves have stolen copper wire worth thousands of pounds from the old Gales Brewery site in Horndean.

Police revealed today that the crime happened between 1pm on Friday, December 21 and 7.30am on Wednesday, January 2 at the development site in London Road.

They said that over the Christmas period the site was entered and damage caused to an electricity sub station and stripping out copper and cooling oil.

PC Brent Vine from the South of Butser Safer Neighbourhoods team said the damage and stolen property is estimated to be in the region of £15,000. He said: ‘The actions of those responsible could have been extremely dangerous had the sub station been live.

‘The incident occurred within a 12 day period while the building site was closed for Christmas. It is highly likely that the offenders used a vehicle to commit the crime and to transport away the large amount of copper and oil.

‘Did you see a vehicle or people at the site while it was closed? I am particularly interested in hearing from anyone who may have seen a black Saab at the site during this period.’

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact PC Vine at Waterlooville police station by phoning 101. Mini-Com users can call the police on 18001 101. Information can be given anonymously by calling the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.