BONFIRE night fans are being asked to keep an eye out for a huge haul of fireworks stolen by a gang in an organised raid on a company’s stores.
Bosses at Ravenshead-based 1st Galaxy Fireworks say two to three vans would have been needed to cart off the 300 cases of fireworks from the firm’s secluded holding compound.
Staff discovered the theft from the site, in the east of the county, last Tuesday and are asking for the public to be on the lookout for the goods.
The thieves are thought to have driven across fields to get into the site, before using specialist cutting equipment to break into two shipping containers.
The company has not disclosed the exact location of the store in an effort to avoid more thefts.
Said 1st Galaxy operations manager Lee Smith: “It appears they were an organised gang. We hold a lot of stock so it won’t affect our business badly in the short term but eventually we will find a black hole in excess of £10,000 because of this.”
The thieves are thought to have struck overnight between last Monday and Tuesday (17th and 18th October).
Police and staff at the company are now asking people to report any sightings of the stock.
All of the fireworks stolen are identifiable by either the British Standards label which shows the company name ‘Britannia Fireworks’ as well the address shown as ‘Nottingham NG15 9HP’ or the brand logos of ‘Vulcan’ or ‘Shogun’.
Mr Smith said: “These people will flog them to whoever they can and they could end up in the hands of people who don’t know what they are doing.
“These are display fireworks and are dangerous in the wrong hands.
“The message to the public is don’t buy them if you come across them being sold off the back of a van.”
The firm has had smaller break-ins in its 15-year history but staff were ‘devastated’ by last week’s theft, he added.
“You just end up wondering why people do this. We don’t want them to be profiting from it so it really is about people not buying fireworks they think are stolen in the run-up to 5th November.”
A Nottinghamshire Police spokesman said: “Enquiries are ongoing and we’ve stepped up patrols and are reviewing CCTV. We’d like to remind people they should not buy fireworks from anywhere other than an authorised dealer.”
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Nottinghamshire Police on 0300 300 9999 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.