Clacton: Thieves take custom-made cooling tent after mistaking it for bouncy castle

A custom made tent for chilling food has been stolen

A custom made tent for chilling food has been stolen - Credit: Archant

A large inflatable tent stolen from a business in Clacton may have been taken after being mistaken for a bouncy castle.

The owners now believe that the tent – used for chilling drinks and food at special events – could have been abandoned by the thieves.

The tent, which inflates to 30ft by 18ft, and associated refrigeration equipment, was stolen from a unit at Brunel Way.

Staff discovered the theft on June 23 but the equipment, together valued at a five-figure sum, could have been taken during the previous two weeks.

Company director Anthony Hill said: “This is a custom-made unit which is a large tent and cooling equipment that can be used for a wide range of applications.


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“We believe it could have been taken by someone who thought it was a bouncy castle. But if they blew it up in a back garden and realised just how big it is they might want to get rid of it.”

Police have issued a photograph of the inflated tent and have appealed for help from the public about the theft.

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Any witnesses or anyone with information about the whereabouts of the tent and equipment should contact the investigating officer Pc Graham White at Clacton police station on 101.

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