Thieves break into fire engine

THIEVES stole vital fire-fighting equipment after breaking into a fire engine while it was parked up at a North Yorkshire village over the weekend.

The Danby fire engine with its crew

Police say the theft in Danby, near Whitby, could have led to a tragedy if fire crews had attended an emergency without the specialist tools.

After breaking into the fire engine at Danby fire station on Ainthorpe Lane between December 14 and 17, thieves stole a red door enforcer with the serial number X211165, a pair of blue bolt croppers, serial number X212274 and a Halligan bar, bearing the serial number X212273.

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A Halligan bar is a specialist tool used by the fire service to force entry to properties.

Pc Darren Mortimer, of Whitby Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “This is a despicable theft. Had the fire engine been called to an emergency which required fire fighters to force entry to a property, not having the essential equipment could have led to a tragedy.

“If you have any information about those responsible for this theft, I urge you to contact the police straight away.”

Anyone who can helpshould contact Whitby police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Darren Mortimer, email [email protected] or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting reference number 12130217722.