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hssgeneratorA £5,500 generator that was loaned to an Island charity to help with an event over the weekend has been stolen by a gang of opportunist thieves. 

HSS Hire in Newport supported the Challenge and Adventure ‘Challenge Wight’ event on Saturday night by allowing the charity to use a 6kva Pramac generator free of charge to power the refreshment facilities for up to 100 walkers, as previously reported by Island Echo.

Following the successful event, which took place overnight into the early hours of Sunday morning, the company found to their devastation that the generator, which takes three people to lift, disappeared from the site at Carisbrooke Castle.

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The generator – blue in colour – was stolen from the Carisbrooke Castle car park sometime between 18:00 Sunday evening and 09:00 Tuesday morning. It is liveried in HSS logos, marked PRAPO543 with a serial number of PWE0004471.

Karen Eales, Funding and Events Manager at Challenge & Adventure said:

“We at Challenge & Adventure are very disappointed  that after so much effort made by so many people, so much time and equipment given by the HSS team that an opportunist has done this”.

Over the weekend it has been reported on social media that a gang of suspicious men have been using hire vehicles including a van and a Land Rover Discovery to try and sell power washers and other products whilst casing potential locations to steal from. It is currently unknown if the two are connected.

Anyone who has any information with regards to the theft/location of the generator are asked to contact Jeff Anderson at HSS Hire on 01983 530033‎ or by contacting the Police direct on 101.

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