A COMPANY specialising in renewable energy has been hit by thieves who raided one of their vans in the early hours.

Oxford Renewables has been forced to replace around £800 of specialist equipment following the burglary on Granville Road, Reading on Tuesday (February 13).

The van, which was parked on the roadside, sounded the alarm and was fitted with anti-theft locks.

Jim Dowling, managing director, said: "Several hundred pounds worth of tools were stolen, which our company will now have to pay to replace.

"No CCTV footage was taken and there were no witnesses. I am shocked that the police are unable to investigate incidents of this kind.

"I am sure that the criminals are aware of the stance taken on such matters and as a result, will feel that they can continue their economically and socially destructive behaviour without fear of punishment.

"This is not the first time that it has happened to us either. The van which was burgled had special anti-theft locks installed on it after the last attack."

The Goring Heath firm appealed for anyone who may have spotted anything unusual to come forward.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact to contact police on 101, quoting reference number 43180047002.

Thames Valley Police was approached for comment.