Gloucestershire Police says offenders who burgle coal mines are risking their lives
POLICE in the Forest of Dean are warning would be mine burglars that they are risking their lives.
The warning comes after a break-in at a coal mine at the Woods Heywood Plantation on Causeway Road in Cinderford.
Between 3pm on Monday, September 16 and 2pm on Tuesday, September 17) unknown offenders entered the site and broke into a concrete garage.
They only got away with a water pump but is believed they may have been after machinery from the mine itself.
Officers say that offenders are putting themselves at risk of suffocation by trying to get into the pit.
PC Sue Smith said: "The colliery staff have special equipment to ventilate the shaft before they go in.
"If you don't do that you are at risk of rapid suffocation from blackdamp, which is a mixture of gases that leads to oxygen deprivation and then asphyxiation within seconds.
"Put simply, you're risking your life for a very small reward. It's not worth it."
Anyone with information about this case or witnessed suspicious activity in the area should call 101, quoting incident 257 of September 17.