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Reward on offer for stolen brass haul

A Devon scrap metal merchant is offering a £10,000 reward after thieves stole a haul of brass.

Russell Toghill, who owns Gorman Metals in Newton Abbot, said the 25 tonnes of chrome brass taps stolen was worth around £70,000.

“Anyone with information can have the £10,000 so long as I get my brass back,” he told MRW.

Toghill said CCTV pictures were being enhanced by the police for clues. They showed a white Renault Premier tractor unit (pictured in a CCTV still entering Gorman’s premises) with a bright red trailer resembling a bath in shape. A black vehicle appeared to have also been involved.

“There can’t be many trailers like that,” Toghill said.

The theft took place on Sunday (10 February) starting in the late afternoon.

Thieves cut a chain link fence at the rear of Gorman’s yard and pushed aside razor wire to gain access.

Toghill said the brass was the most valuable commodity on the site. Few people knew it was there, and it was concealed beneath a 12m long steel container.

Two of Gorman’s Fuchs materials handling machines were used by thieves to load the brass.

The police ask anyone with information about this theft to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 quoting crime reference number JN13372.

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