POLICE in Scarborough are investigating the theft of 40 tonnes of scaffolding from a town centre hotel.
The scaffolding was taken sometime during a two-week period between Friday April 1 and yesterday, from a secure yard at the rear of the Royal Hotel in St Nicholas Street.
Thieves broke in through a padlocked gate and took the haul of scaffolding poles valued at around £5000.
The stolen poles consisted of 60 12ft lengths, 100 4ft lengths, 50 8ft lengths, 50 10ft lengths. Each pole was marked with pink paint on one end and white paint on the opposite end.
Officers are appealing for anyone with information about the theft to come forward.
PC Craig Malia, of Scarborough police, said: “This was a substantial amount of scaffolding which would have taken between 20 minutes and an hour to load up.
“It would probably have needed a 20 tonne wagon to load it all up in one visit or would have taken numerous visits with a smaller vehicle.
“The hotel is in a busy town centre location and it is highly likely that someone will have seen the scaffolding being taken.”
Anyone who can help the police with their enquiries is urged to contact PC Craig Malia, of Scarborough police, on 0845 6060 247, quoting reference number 12110059218.
Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111.