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The Isle of Wight Council’s Rights of Way team suffered a devastating blow last week after finding out that a break in had occurred at a storage depot in Carisbrooke.

In total, 4 bush saws (heavy duty petrol strimmers) and a welder were stolen between 3rd-4th October, with an estimated value of £4,000.

Police have been informed about the incident but it is said to be extremely unlikely that they will be able to trace the perpetrator or the equipment.

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The Rights of Way team look after over 500 miles of Public Footpaths, Bridleways and Byways across the Island.

The cost of replacing this equipment will have an enormous impact on the delivery of the team’s services. The stolen items including 3x Sthil FS450 Strimmers; 1x Sthil FS460 Strimmer and Weldmate T203 ARC/TIG.

Anyone with any information – or anyone that is offered a welder or a petrol strimmer (not the garden type but a heavy duty, with handles and a harness petrol type) – is asked to contact Police on 101, quoting 44170384270. Alternatively you can email [email protected]

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