Funfair temporarily closed after theft of equipment at Baggeridge Country Park

Several inflatable blowers worth more than £1,000 were stolen from a fair running at a popular park.

Baggeridge Country Park. Photo: Google
Baggeridge Country Park. Photo: Google

The equipment was taken from Baggeridge Country Park, in Gospel End, South Staffordshire, during the period between late Tuesday night and the next morning – and it meant the fair was unable to open yesterday.

An appeal to find the items – which are used to inflate funfair or festival items – was posted at around 11am on Thursday on Facebook, alerting people to the theft.

The funfair is based on one of the fields at the park for the summer holidays and will run until September 4.

Sheldon Lock, who owns the equipment, said: "There was somebody here on site for maintenance until 1am on Wednesday.

"When they left it was all there, so it was taken between then and the next morning. There is a camera in the park but they didn’t see anything, it seems they parked somewhere then came in on foot

"To replace them it has cost £1,500 or £1,600, but what they are worth second hand for someone to sell on I don’t know. We didn’t operate on Thursday because of it, but we will be back up later today (Friday) hopefully.

"Any information people might have would really help."

A post from the funfair organisers shared on Facebook said: "Should anyone be offered any of these for a cheap price please be aware they are stolen property. We are in the process of acquiring CCTV images.

"And to the thieving scum, who have been dragged up to do this kind of thing and stop us opening today, I hope you get what you deserve in time!"

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