Thieves crack safe at Colyton tannery

Cash stolen after business is hit by second burglary in five years.

The offenders cut through fencing and hedges and caused further damage inside the property in order to reach the safe.

Cattle then escaped and it took several hours to round them up.

The business was hit five years ago when two safes were taken – later found in a field.

Andrew Parr, managing director of BJ and F J Baker, said he was angered by the theft, which had cost him time and money.

He said: “It makes me very angry. I have worked hard, so why should they just come in and take the money?

“It happened five years ago and now offenders have done it again.”

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As well as the money inside the safe, Mr Parr has been left with a bill for the actual safe and damage to the property.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which took place overnight on Tuesday, September 7. Sergeant Richard Stonecliffe said: “We are asking farmers and local people to be vigilant and keep a look out for a safe. We suspect it would have been dumped nearby in the local area.”

J and FJ Baker is Britain’s only remaining traditional oak bark tannery and makes leather for equestrian equipment and shoes

l Anyone with information about the crime is urged to call police on 08452 777 444.