AROUND £40,000 worth of portable toilets have allegedly been stolen from a business in Herefordshire.

The 35 lavatories belonging to Three Counties Toilet Hire of Colwall were reportedly taken from a Ludlow Autograss meeting in Pencombe last week.

According to business owner Neil Griffiths, a white transit van with a flatbed trailer followed by a dark blue Volkswagen van were seen entering the Herefordshire field and may have taken four or five trips over October 11 and 12 in order to remove all the portable toilets.

He said: “We’re only a small family business, only three of us, so this could destroy us.

“The event side is where there is a bit of money in the business and now 80 per cent of it is gone.

“We’ve never had anything like this happen before, it’s unprecedented.”

The toilets were only purchased last year and cost the business between £38,000 and £40,000. The units are all four square feet in size, with two five-foot disabled toilets, so would require a large space for storage.

Mr Griffiths said the toilets were specifically chosen as they have a unique design and all have special markings on them so they are easily recognisable, however, he fears that they may have already been transported out of the area.

He urged anyone who lives in Pencombe or may have been visiting at the time to check CCTV and dashcam footage to see if any suspicious activity has been recorded.

A spokesperson for the West Mercia Police said: “On Sunday 15 October 2023 we received a report of the theft of 35 portable toilets from a field in Pencombe, Herefordshire. Enquiries are ongoing.”