Banbury’s Radio Horton silenced after act of vandalism and theft

Radio Horton Trailer Break-In Appeal NNL-180828-113738001
Radio Horton Trailer Break-In Appeal NNL-180828-113738001

Radio Horton is appealing for information after its outside broadcast vehicles were broken into last week, resulting in theft and damage to valuable equipment.

The vehicles were targeted whilst at Banbury Twenty Cricket Club on Ermont Way. It is believed the incident occurred sometime between Wednesday, August 22 and Thursday, August 23.

Radio Horton Trailer Break-In Appeal for Information NNL-180828-111729001

Radio Horton Trailer Break-In Appeal for Information NNL-180828-111729001

The vehicles were accessed through forced entry damaging locks and doors. Equipment, including a petrol generator and laptops, are understood to have been amongst items taken. Meanwhile other equipment was left abandoned and damaged whilst out in the elements.

Radio Horton Chairman, Anthony Brown said: “Obviously, this has been a very shocking and distressful situation for all of us.

“As a charitable organisation and hospital radio station, Radio Horton has always relied upon the loyalty and kindness of the Banbury community for its continued support and fundraising.

He added: “Not only has this theft and damage impacted upon our organisation to provide public address and entertainment at community events, but also the hard work of our volunteers who give their time and energy in maintaining the trailers so that we can continue to offer such services to the community.”

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Radio Horton Trailer Break-In Appeal NNL-180828-113623001

“We would urge anybody who may have witnessed anything out of the ordinary near the Cricket Club on Ermont Way, Banbury, or who may be offered a generator, second hand laptops or audio/broadcast equipment to come forward and contact the police”

Anyone with information should call Thames Valley Police on 101, quoting crime reference number 43180258833. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.