Colchester attempted metal theft suspect may have been badly burned

A member of a gang trying to steal air conditioning units in Essex may have been seriously burned during the attempted theft, police said.

Officers were called to three business units at Severalls Park in Colchester after intruders attempted to remove the external units overnight on Sunday.

The suspects are believed to have left empty-handed after signs one or more of them may have been burned.

Police are appealing for information about anyone with unexplained burns.

PC Luke Howard from Essex Police said: "It would appear that several people were involved in this attempted theft because electrical wires were cut to various conditioning units.

"However, an engineer who attended the scene believes that one or more of the culprits could have suffered a serious electrical shock and perhaps this is why they left empty-handed."

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