Thieves cause chemical incident in Westham.

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Thieves who targeted a business on a industrial estate caused a 800 litre oil spill in Westham this morning (September 16).

The thieves knocked a tap on a static storage tank from a property in Westham Business Park spilling fuel onto Eastbourne Road.

A crew from Eastbourne and a response officer attended the incident at around 8am. They were supported by HAZMAT advisor, Matthew Elder.

The owners of the property had placed sawdust on the road to soak up the excess oil before emergency services arrived.

Fire officers said there was no risk to life or property at the incident.

Advisors said there was a potential impact on the environment, if the oil was not cleared from the road and surface water drains.

No traffic was diverted from the area, which was a dead-end road leading to a small industrial estate.

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service worked alongside Sussex Police to make the area safe for the public.

A Sussex Police spokesman said, “Police are currently treating the spillage of 800 litres of heating oil at an industrial unit at Westham Business Park, near Pevensey, as suspicious.

“Officers are currently trying to determine whether the spillage was accidental or the result of theft or criminal damage.

“Anyone who saw anything suspicious or who may have other information is asked to email or phone 101, quoting serial 194 of 16/09.

“Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers without having to leave their name on 0800 555 111.”

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