Knife gang tied up security guards before raiding holiday park

PUBLISHED: 09:00 08 July 2015 | UPDATED: 09:37 08 July 2015

Pontins Holiday resort Sandbay.

Pontins Holiday resort Sandbay.

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A GANG of masked men held frightened security guards at knifepoint, forced them to the floor and tied them up before stealing cash from a holiday park.

Police have launched an investigation into an aggravated burglary which took place at Pontins Sand Bay Holiday Park in Kewstoke in the early hours of June 29.

The raiders broke into the building shortly before 4am and threatened security staff before tying them up and stealing cash from the park’s slot machines.

A Pontins spokesman has said the site has ‘increased security’ as a result of the incident but a park insider told the Mercury the burglars knew ‘exactly what they were doing’.

The source said it is unknown how much cash was lost in the robbery, but highlighted it could have been worse as the culprits unsuccessfully tried to break into the hotel’s main safe.

They said: “The burglars seemed to know exactly what they were doing, as they had taken out hard drives from CCTV recording equipment.

“Service support staff who worked that night at the hotel had been bullied, browbeaten and tied up.”

The source continued: “They were threatened by robbers with a knife – luckily no-one got hurt.

“Robbers also unsuccessfully attempted to break into the hotel’s safe, it’s unknown what else could have been stolen.”

Between two and five men are believed to have been involved in the burglary and police have said at least two 
people would be needed to carry out the heavy hard drive and 
it is likely a vehicle was used to transport the system off site.

A spokesman from Avon and Somerset Constabulary said: “Security staff were threatened with a knife, forced to the floor and had their hands tied while the thieves broke into slot machines.”

Detective Constable Dale Buckingham said the guards have been left ‘shocked’ by the ordeal and a Pontins spokesman said the men have received additional support.

The spokesman said: “Following this unfortunate incident we have followed trauma procedures, increased security and have counselled our staff.

“We take security and responsibility to our staff very seriously.”

DC Buckingham said: “The guards were understandably shocked by the incident and have described between two and five men wearing black balaclavas.

“The computer hard drive is said to be very heavy and would have needed two people to carry it and probably a vehicle to take it away.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or via www.avonandsomerset.police.uk and quote crime reference number 69482/15.

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