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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Safe stolen from Bardon Mill firm

By GEMMA SOMERVILLE

A SAFE dating back to the 1800s containing a large amount of cash has been stolen from a business in Bardon Mill.

The premises of Errington Reay and Co, better known as the Errington Reay Pottery, were broken into some time between Sunday evening and 8am on Monday.

General manager Richard Smith said: “The first I knew about the burglary was when I came in at 8 o’clock on Monday morning and noticed the office door was damaged.

“Then I noticed the safe was gone. I’ve been manager for about six years and nothing like this has ever happened.”

Police are appealing for witnesses after residents reported hearing a vehicle nearby around 3am on Monday morning.

But because the safe is so distinctive, Mr Smith is hoping it won’t go unnoticed.

“It’s a very old safe and I think it has been here since the business first started. It’s not your average modern day safe,” he said.

PC Ray Johnstone, who is investigating the incident, said: “It’s a large, heavy safe containing a considerable amount of cash.

“It would have taken at least three people to lift it.”

Established in 1878 by Robert Errington and William Reay, the family run business has served the district for centuries and remains the last commercial pottery in Britain licensed to produce salt glazed pottery.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC Johnstone at Haltwhistle Police Station on 08456 043 043.

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