Major theft of plant from former furniture factory site
Wednesday 19th April 2017 17:26 Ashton Community Dukinfield News Tameside Posted by Nigel P.

A convoy of caravans and other vehicles that vacated the site of the old  Olympia furniture works on Whitelands Road Dukinfield around 9am this morning.

Theft of steel plant equipment and cabling worth a “significant amount  of money” occurred at a construction site on Whitelands Road in the early hours of this morning.

The theft was reported at 7.55 am this morning as contractors arrived on the site of the old Olympia furniture factory and is believed to have occurred between 12 midnight and 7.30am.

It coincided with the arrival of a large number of caravans and other vehicles at the site that moved on this morning at around 9am.

There is no suggestion or evidence at this  stage that occupants of the vehicles were in any way connected to the thefts.

According to some residents from nearby Corner Street the vehicles were parked up on the site from yesterday evening and were believed to have been attempting to set up a camp.

It is understood the vehicles and caravans left the site at around 9am this morning (19th of April).

Police  confirmed the theft and said that as yet no arrests had been made and enquiries were ongoing.

Earlier this year a faulty alarm that was left ringing over the Christmas holiday period and noise from heavy plant preparing the ground for a car park, angered local residents.

They reported the activities of contractors to Tameside Council’s Environmental Services Department.

Eventually the contractors M3 Construction were served with an abatement notice in respect of rubbish fires on site, that they had previously been warned about.

Anybody with information can call police on 101 quoting reference number 347.