Vital life saving equipment has been stolen from Fleet fire station.

The Connaught Road building was broken into sometime between Wednesday January 8 and Friday January 10, with thieves taking a set of hydraulic cutting equipment used to free people from wrecked cars.

Jerry Leonard, group manager at Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “This equipment is incredibly important for us to respond to emergencies and we cannot do our job without it, which puts lives at risk.”

The brigade said it has been working quickly to replace the equipment so that retained crews at the fire station can respond to emergency calls.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or leave an anonymous message with Crimestoppers charity on 0800555111.