Wiltshire

Devizes council machinery stolen in depot raid

A town council has said the cost of replacing stolen machinery will run to tens of thousands of pounds.

Ride-on mowers, power washers and chainsaws were among the items taken from the Devizes Town Council depot near Windsor Drive on Monday night.

Carol Berry, the council's direct services manager, said they were not able to cut down the Christmas tree in the market place without chainsaws.

Wiltshire Police said the burglary appeared to have been well planned.

A silver-coloured trailer bearing the town council's logo was also taken.

Ms Berry said the machinery had been stored in five locked containers in a locked compound.

"The cost is going to be difficult to assess because obviously we're going to have to hire in equipment in the meantime," she said.

"I think we're looking at tens of thousands of pounds."

Det Con Ian Lansdown said: "The offence appears to have been planned carefully and probably involved several people."

The depot is next to Windsor Drive allotments and Mr Lansdown appealed for anyone who had seen anyone suspicious in the area in recent weeks to contact police.

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