‘Dangerous’ industrial high-pressure washers stolen from Knottingley firm

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More than 50 ‘potentially dangerous’ industrial jet washers have been stolen in a burglary at a business in Knottingley.

Thieves removed panelling from the side of a firm on Weeland Road before making off with 52 high-powered washers worth more than £148,000.

West Yorkshire Police supplied picture of an Ehrle Etronic 1 Hotwater Single Phase - Model HD623 which were stolen in a burglary at a firm in Knottingley

West Yorkshire Police supplied picture of an Ehrle Etronic 1 Hotwater Single Phase - Model HD623 which were stolen in a burglary at a firm in Knottingley

Police said the machines were stolen some time between 5.30pm on Monday, October 6 and 7.20am on Tuesday, October 7.

Det Con Chris Cooper, from Wakefield CID, said: “These pressure washers are for industrial use, and shouldn’t be used for domestic purposes. If used in the wrong way and without the correct training they can potentially be dangerous to the user.

“As more than 50 washers were stolen a large vehicle, possibly a HGV, could have been used to carry the washers off.

“If put up for sale, these machines will be very distinctive and expensive. I am appealing for anyone who may know who’s behind this, may have seen it happening, or who has any information to contact me.

“Also, anyone who is offered these washers to buy or sees them on sale, can contact me at Wakefield CID on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

The stolen machines are:

- 8 Ehrle Coldwater - Model KD823

- 11 Ehrle Etronic 1 Hotwater Single Phase - Model HD623

- 15 Ehrle Etronic 2 Hotwater Single Phase - Model HD723

- 18 Ehrle Etronic 2 Hotwater Three Phase - Model HD1140