Tools worth £9k stolen in Hailsham

Freedom Leisure Centre, Hailsham November 5th 2012 E45050N
Freedom Leisure Centre, Hailsham November 5th 2012 E45050N

Thieves made off with high value tools worth more than £9,000 from a leisure centre in Hailsham last week.

The high value tools worth £9,169 were taken from a secure compound at Freedom Leisure Centre in Hailsham on July 22.

Thieves broke into the compound sometime overnight making off with a selection of drills, saws, screw guns, batteries andlaser levels.

Police are now appealing for witnesses and asking anyone who may have recently been offered the items for sale to come forward and offer assistance in tracing the tools.

Police described the tools as a 110v Bosch SDS multi drill in a blue Bosch case with a selection of bits valued at £799.

There was also a Dewalt 18 Volt Saw and Volt Skill Saw valued at £270 each.

Thieves also made off with a £300 impact driver, £300 XRP Screw Gun and £245 Dewalt Laser Level.

Five batteries worth £90 each were taken on the night and a five piece dry diamond drill with kit, case and accessories worth £350.

Police said thieves also stole a Hilti Drill 1100 TEI worth £185 and a Matt Press Gun with attachments and claws, which was worth £6,000.

The leisure centre is currently undergoing £3.1 million redevelopment works.

A spokeswoman for Freedom Leisure said the tools were taken from the building contractors who are working on the re-development.

A spokesman for Sussex Police urged people to come forward.

The spokesman said: “Police would like to hear from anyone with information regarding the items stolen.

“If you have recently been offered any of these items for sale or have any information regarding the whereabouts of them please call 101 quoting reference 4710048819.”

Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The works at the centre, which started in February this year, will see a new entrance lobby, a new reception and cafe seating area,

There will also be a new enlarged equipment gym which will provide around 100 work stations.

The development will also see additional and refurbished studio facilities and enlarged membership changing facilities.

The development is part of a £3.1 million investment by Wealden District Council to improve the centre.

The council is also carrying out improvements at Crowborough, Uckfield and Heathfield leisure centres.

For more information visit http://www.freedom-leisure.co.uk/