Police sorry after theft appeal gaffe

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POLICE have apologised after they said a 40 tonne scaffolding theft in Scarborough took place at the incorrect location.

They stated last week that the theft took place from a secure yard behind The Royal Hotel in St Nicholas Street and appealed to the public for help.

However they yesterday revealed that the scaffolding had actually been stolen from a lock-up behind the Gulf petrol station in Seamer Road.

The scaffolding was taken from the lock-up some time during a two-week period between Friday April 1 and Wednesday April 13.

It is believed that the scaffolding poles have a total value of around £5,000.

Each pole was marked with pink paint on one end and white paint on the other end.

They ranged in length from between 4 ft and 12 ft. In all, a total of 260 poles were taken.

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 large wagon to load it all up in one visit or would have taken numerous visits with a smaller vehicle.”

Anyone who can help the police with their inquiries is urged to contact Scarborough Police on 0845 6060247, quoting reference number 12110059218.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.