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Taft International Transport Manston's yard broken into and burgled

By Katie Davis

A transport firm, who days ago announced its closure, has had a hoard of tools and more stolen.

CCTV has recorded burglars leaving the Manston yard of Taft International Transport at around 5.55am on Sunday morning, with approximately 1,500 litres of red diesel and a range of tools.

Among items stolen were numerous heavy commercial air tools, hand tools and a welder.

Around 1,500l of red diesel was stolen
Around 1,500l of red diesel was stolen

A spokesman said: "They broke into the workshop and other outbuilding.

"They then transported it all away on my blue twin wheel 10' x 5' trailer.

"They were seen on CCTV leaving at 5.55 this morning (Sunday) towing my trailer."

Police have been informed of the incident and the company are offering a reward for any information.

A police spokesman said: "Kent Police is investigating a report of a burglary in Manston, Ramsgate.

"A number of items were reported stolen including a quantity of red diesel, a trailer and tools during the incident which took place overnight between 4 and 5 November 2017 at commercial premises in Spitfire Way, Manston.

"Anyone with any information can contact Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting 05-845."

The Manston yard has been broken into
The Manston yard has been broken into

Last Wednesday, the company had announced its closure on Facebook after 43 years.

A Facebook post said: "We would like to inform you all that after 43 years, Taft International has decided to close the doors.

"We decided that it is time for us to enjoy the simpler things in life without the stresses and strains of running a transport company, albeit, a very successful one.

"We have all had very enjoyable times over the years but we are now looking forward to a slower more relaxed pace of life.

"There have been the usual rumours circulating throughout the industry regarding the company’s decision but the truth is, we are going out while we are on top, it’s as simple as that.

"We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our employees and customers, both past and present, in helping us make Taft International the success story that it has become.

"Thank you also to all our FB ‘likers’ for your support. We wish you all good luck in the future and thank you all again for your support."

The company was started in 1974, with its headquarters in Canterbury and a yard in Manston.

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