Multi-agency raid recovers stolen gas cylinders and vehicles worth £200k
Flogas Britain, the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) supplier, has assisted in a multi-agency raid over the theft of empty LPG cylinders.
Eight different agencies were involved in the raid, which took place at Green Store self-storage, at Baldwins Farm just outside Upmister, Essex, where the thieves had stored over 400 cylinders in shipping containers ready for export.
The agencies involved included the Environment Agency, police, fire service, Customs & Excise, immigration, the Health & Safety Executive and the Vehicle and Operator Services agency.
The cylinders, which are attractive to metal thieves because they can be sold across Europe for scrap metal value, had a replacement value of almost £25,000, but authorities also recovered stolen vehicles worth around £175,000 during the operation.
Pete Eccles, Asset Manager at Flogas Britain, said: “We will always take a very proactive stance on cylinder theft so we can protect winter supplies for our customers. We’re watching several people or organisations at any one time, and will always work with other LPG gas suppliers and the authorities to track down metal thieves, and prosecute them.”
LPG cylinders are completely safe under normal usage and handling conditions. However, if subjected to intense heat or major damage there is a risk of them exploding.