Essential items stolen from fire station as crew rushes to emergency incident
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It is thought someone managed to get inside Atherton fire station, on Gloucester Street, before the doors closed, as the fire engine was leaving on Wednesday night.
Vital items were taken, including a red kit bag, yellow helmet and a fleece.
A police spokesman confirmed they were called at around 9.55pm on Wednesday with a report of a burglary and while their inquiries are ongoing, no arrests have yet been made.
Atherton independent councillor Stuart Gerrard said on Facebook: "Just what goes through these cretins' minds. Their actions are despicable and need catching. If you live near here and have any CCTV footage, please let the fire station know.
"If you are the culprit or even know who they are, do the right thing and return it."
Anyone with information about what happened is asked to call police on 101 or go to www.gmp.police.uk, quoting incident 3112 of January 19.
Alternatively, details can be passed via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service declined to comment on the incident as police inquiries are ongoing.
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