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Raid on offices at Gawthorpe Hall in Padiham
THIEVES wielding a crowbar raided offices in the grounds of historic Gawthorpe Hall.
It is the third incident to have happened in as many months, staff said.
Burglars smashed a ground floor window of the offices at the National Trust estate in Padiham, forced open doors, and stole £1,100 worth of electrical equipment.
They stole a black Toshiba Satellite Pro laptop, a Minolta Dimage digital camera, a Nikon D5000 digital camera and a Canon Inkjet printer in the overnight raid.
Cleaner Aimi Greaves, who discovered the broken window and damaged door, said: “I just thought, ‘oh no, not again’. You almost expect it because happens.”
Nik Taylor, the park ranger at Gawthorpe, said: “It’s just so frustrating. What’s stolen from here will be sold at a fraction of what it’s worth and what it will cost us to replace the items?
“We’re not one of the more high profile National Trust estates and we only have a limited amount of money to spend.
“The fall-out of these thefts is the time and money lost while we replace them, and the drain on funds it puts on what could be spent on improving visitors’ experience here.”
Sgt Martyn Holt, of Burnley Police said: “Anyone with information should call police on 101.” Staff have now stepped up security measures.
Staff from Burnley Football Club’s training facility in the grounds of the estate have offered to share their security with the offices.
In July, a workshop was raided and machinery was stolen, within days of an antique bench being lifted from the courtyard outside of the tea rooms at the Elizabethan estate.
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