Lichfield & Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust

Latest break-in is another setback


16th August 2015


In the early hours of Friday 14th August thieves cut their way through the steel gates of the WCL Cranebook Quarry and stole diesel from WCL quarry equipment.

The thieves then moved their attentions to the LHCRT Summerhill compound and broke into our recently purchased container by ripping the locks from the doors to gain entry, then stole crowbars and hammers together with our petrol powered Vibrating plate compactor.

They moved on to our  LHCRT Office / Training cabin and tore open the steel sheet security shutters over one of the windows, smashed and ripped the windows out of the frames to gain entry. They stole our 2.2kva  petrol generator, our new Dewalt Rotating laser only purchased last week, and 6 pairs of new safety boots. Once outside again they siphoned diesel from our 6tonne Dumper and the Sheepsfoot roller, but were foiled from steeling the Diesel from our 5 tonne excavator by the security lock on the filler cap.

All in the thieves stole diesel, plant and equipment belonging to the Trust to the value of approximately £2,000 and caused further damage to container doors , security shutters and windows in excess of £1,500.

Both Peter Buck and Bob Williams responded and turned out at 9:00am to check the damage to Trust property and assess the losses. The police were called and took statements, and also police forensic team took photos of the intruders footprints left within the office.


This is a setback to our restoration work but we will recover and continue with the work of restoration.


Peter Buck

Vibrating plate compactor

These are the most valuable items stolen. If you know the whereabouts of these items or see them offered for sale please let us or the police know.

Dewalt Rotary Laser Level

6 pairs of unused boxed safety work boots for volunteer group visits taken, new June 2015

Intek Pro 206 mobile generator & cables

LHCRT  News  August 2015