Freudenberg Nonwovens' Dorcan plant shut by metal theft

A Swindon manufacturing company has shut down for at least two weeks following a break-in by metal thieves.

Freudenberg Nonwovens in Dorcan has been left without power after its premises were broken into and a substantial amount of copper was stolen.

The German company makes material used in car batteries.

General Manager Dave Parsons has estimated that the temporary closure could cost the company around £40,000.

He said: "We could well lose business. We still don't know what's going to happen."

In the last eight months there have been 385 metal thefts in Swindon.

In May, Wiltshire Police launched the Operation Herald initiative designed to share information with the Environment Agency and Wiltshire Council in order to catch scrap metal thieves.

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