Ram-raiders give catering fabricator a fright

Lancashire’s Bridge Catering Fabrications appears to have survived a near miss after robbers broke into its offices but left empty-handed.

The intruders drove up to the premises in a white Ford Transit van and used the vehicle to force open the shutter doors of the business before entering the property. #

It has emerged that the incident happened just two days before £11,000 worth of catering equipment and a Mercedes van were stolen from fellow-Haslingdon company Mainland Catering Equipment (MCE).

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Bridge’s office is less than a mile away from MCE although police have not stated whether they believe there is any link between the two incidents.

In the break-in at Bridge’s office, CCTV footage shows two men wearing high visibility jackets entering the premises after ramming the shutter with their vehicle.

At the time of the incident, Bridge’s office was closed, however a member of staff had returned to work and disturbed the intruders and called police.

PC Trevor Syrett of Lancashire Constabulary, said: “It is believed that these two men had visited the premises earlier in the day enquiring about scrap metal and so I would appeal to anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity not just around the time of the offence but in the hours and days leading up to it to get in touch.”

Bridge Catering Fabrications has been trading in its current guise for more than 13 years. It fabricates a range of catering products and air input and extraction control systems.

The company is understood to operate two factories in Haslingdon, spanning 27,000 square feet in total.

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