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Chainsaws stolen as Honda 4x4 used to tow gates open at Culverwells on Leigh Green Industrial Estate, Appledore Road, Tenterden

Thieves stole chainsaws in an overnight break-in when a Honda 4x4 was used to tow metal security gates open.

A total of 15 chainsaws were taken in the haul that also included a quantity of strimmers and took place at country store Culverwells in Tenterden.

Video shows thieves breaking into the premises

Family firm Culverwells is on the Leigh Green Industrial Estate in Appledore Road and was targeted at 10.45pm last night.

The front doors to the firm were also towed out and a manager discovered the break-in after security alarms were triggered. CCTV installed at the premises captured the whole raid and has been passed to police. It's estimated that the stolen equipment is worth around £6k.

Employee John Emerson said the five-strong team at the depot were left 'gutted' by the theft so shortly after Christmas. He said: "It's gutting that people think they've got a right to break-in somewhere and take what they want. It seems to be the way of the modern world that we live in."

Doors lie smashed on the ground after being towed out by a 4x4
Doors lie smashed on the ground after being towed out by a 4x4

Culverwells was established in 1932 and has a head office in Robertsbridge. Director James Cole said: "We had a very similar incident last year. Lots of businesses like ours are affected. Some people want money at this time of year and they go about stealing other people's possessions."

A police spokesman said: "We were called at around 10.45pm on Sunday, December 29 to a report that commercial premises in Appledore Road, Tenterden had been burgled.

"A number of tools including chainsaws, strimmers and hedge cutters were reported stolen."

Witnesses or anyone with information should call police on 01843 222289 quoting reference 46/246701/19, or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or using the anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org

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