Riding stable raiders steal more than £12,000 tack from Wirral yard
RIDING stables in Merseyside were raided by burglars who stole saddles, bridles and tack worth more than £12,000.
The thieves struck at a stables in Hillbark Road, Frankby, Wirral sometime between 9pm on Wednesday night and 6am yesterday morning.
When Philippa Johnson, 25, who stables her horses Daisy, Jack and Bonaville at the yard arrived she found the tack rooms ransacked.
Fellow rider Ali Gayward, who keeps her horse Holly at the Frankby stable also had thousands of pounds of kit stolen.
Ms Johnson said: “I got a text message quite early and went down to the stables.
“My showing saddle was made and fitted by a master saddler.
“I qualified for the Royal International Horse Show in July and so I really need it back as soon as possible.
“That saddle, and the others have a postcode stamped on them which starts CH48, so I’m hoping someone might recognise them.”
Her mum Anne Goodwin added: “They’ve cleared the whole lot out – at least 50 items.
“Saddles, bridles, dressage saddles, top of the range stuff.
“There are about 25 horses on the yard and my daughter alone has had £6,000 worth of equipment stolen.”
She added: “She’s devastated.
“She rang me and said ‘can you come down?’
“It was pitch black down there at that time and quite intimidating because it’s so off the beaten track, you see.”
The family now plan to scour horse shows around the north in the hope of spotting the tack and getting it back in time for Ms Johnson to prepare for the Royal International Horse Show.
Yard owner John Courtney said he feared that an organised gang could be behind the burglary.
He said: “We do have security there in various forms.
“All the locking systems are hardened steel locks which are used on ship containers, there are security chains on the gates and also we do use CCTV cameras.”
A police spokeswoman confirmed that officers were now investigating the break-in at the stables.
She said: “A significant amount of horse riding equipment was stolen.
“We are making enquiries with neighbouring properties.”
Anyone with information should call Merseyside police on 0151 709 6010 and ask for the Wirral control rook, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.