Over 60 trophies have been stolen from the premises of Red Bull Racing in Milton Keynes.
The burglary happened early in the morning of Saturday (6 December) when a silver 4×4 drove through the entrance of the premises. A group of around six men then stole the trophies.
Red Bull principle Christian Horner said: “We are obviously devastated by this serious factory break in, which saw offenders steal more than 60 trophies which took years and hard work to accumulate.
“The offenders took items that not only did not belong to them, but which represent the efforts of a group of dedicated, hard-working individuals.”
Night staff were in the building at the time, but none were injured. A black or dark blue Mercedes estate was always used in the raid. Both cars involved are believed to be foreign registered.
Horner added that the intrinsic value of the trophies stolen was low and that were many were replicas anyway. “They would be of little value to those outside of the team,” he said. Read the full statement here.
Thames Valley Police are appealing for witnesses. There is no description of the offenders, but they are all believed to be men, wearing dark clothes.
“The actions of these men mean it’s likely that we will have to make our site less accessible in future,” Horner commented, “which will be unfair to the hundreds of fans that travel to our factory each year to see our trophies and our Formula One car.”