Bosses at WCL Quarries today said they were ‘gutted’ at the devastation caused at Cranebrook Quarry at Lichfield in the UK.

The culprits broke in through barbed wire surrounding the site and despite it being dark, they managed to climb down sandy banks and a mountain of concrete dust to get to the bottom of the quarry to where machinery was being kept.

Three large screeners were set on fire. Two pieces of the equipment have been severely damaged by fire and another one was partly affected and is also currently out of use.

WCL Quarries has operated from the site since 2006 specialising in recycling building materials and manufacturing red sand.

Bosses today slammed those responsible, saying they were ‘irresponsible people’ with ‘very poor morals’.

Head of operations Mark Deadman said: “I am gutted about it. We are quite proud of the condition we keep the kit in. This is just damage, pure damage.”

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