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Professional thieves may be shipping stolen portable loos across the world

A James Stamp Rental loo like the one stolen from Church Lane, Moulton.

A James Stamp Rental loo like the one stolen from Church Lane, Moulton.

A Spalding company boss fears professional thieves may be stealing portable loos to ship abroad.

Three loos have been stolen within the last few weeks from farmland and a building site.

One taken from a building site in Church Lane, Moulton, was hired out through a Spalding company – James Stamp Rental, Portable Building Solutions.

James Stamp said: “There’s a good chance that it’s gone either to Eastern Europe or Africa.”

He said professional rings steal large plants – such as cement mixers, mini diggers and excavators – to ship abroad.

About seven years ago, one of his loos went missing when thieves “cleared the whole site” at a Broadgate development.

“It was prolific then,” said James.

He’s completely baffled by the latest theft and says: “Usually people would not think of stealing a builders’ toilet full of human waste. It’s like they have scraped the bottom of the barrel.”

James set up in business on his own in 1996 and says: “We have been hiring toilets around ever since, whether it’s for the Queen in Sandringham or Tony Jarvis Builders in Holbeach.”

His loos also have also gone out on BBC contracts for programmes such as ‘Allo ‘Allo! and film sets, including James Bond movies.

James Stamp Rental is one of only three UK companies that supply distinctive, American-made loos in grey or pink and James says that should make it easier for police to trace.

He said: “What I would like to do is nip it in the bud. If it’s somebody who is just passing through, then I hope they have passed through and gone.

“If it’s somebody local, who thinks they can run a little sideline, let’s hope they get caught because it puts ideas into people’s heads.”

Ironically a major part of James’s business is hiring out security containers to farms and other businesses so they can keep their property safe from thieves.

Community policing inspector Jim Tyner said: “Obviously there is an amusing side to the thought of toilets being stolen, but theft is theft and I would urge people to report suspicious activity.

“For example, if you see a lorry carrying a portable toilet, and the lorry doesn’t have company hire details on it, it’s worth giving us a call.”

The James Stamp grey loo was stolen overnight on May 11/12, a loo was stolen from Glenside North, Pinchbeck, overnight on May 12/13, and a green and white Enviroloo was taken from a cauliflower field near McDonald’s on April 14.

n Witnesses can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

 

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