In the early hours of Monday 14th September, officers from the Rural Crime Team, whilst making enquiries in Stratford, witnessed 5 males enter the old British Home Stores building on Bridge Street, Stratford upon Avon.
PC Purcell and PC Steventon attended the area and conducted an initial search but it became apparent that the males were in the building and could be heard causing damage. When challenged a male escaped onto the roof of the building putting themselves and others at significant danger.
Officers from patrol also attended to assist with Warwickshire Fire and Rescue to help with access to the building and provide a safe way to remove the suspects.
With significant resources being diverted to the building a thorough search was conducted by officers after the males were seen to enter back into the building from the roof.
Unfortunately the building is so vast that the males were able to secrete themselves from officers and with other incidents requiring an emergency response from officers the search was concluded and officers released from the scene.
PC Purcell and PC Stevenson however remained in the area to perform one last sweep of the building in a more discrete manner and at this point three males were located within a plant room on the top floor of the building and all three were arrested on suspicion of burglary and criminal damage.
The old BHS building is also a listed building and as such any damage caused might mean offenders also find themselves answering questions relating to heritage crimes.