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Thieves steal majority of York Gin stock

UK-based York Gin Distillery was robbed of a ‘very significant quantity’ of its gins over the weekend, causing a six-figure loss and a delay for orders.

York Gin range
York Gin said it “may run short of gin for a very short time”

The distillery, based in the village of Nether Poppleton, York, said it was forced to delay its orders and ‘work around the clock’ after the site was broken into last weekend.

The robbery resulted in a six-figure loss for the independent distiller, including many thousands of miniature bottles and collectors’ items of 500ml engraved first edition bottles from 2018.

In a statement, the company said: “Following the break-in at the distillery, we want to thank everyone for your messages of support and concern. We really do appreciate them.

“While it’s shocking to suffer a crime like this, thankfully no one was hurt. And while a large quantity of gin was stolen, none of our equipment was damaged.

“So, the bad news is that we may run short of gin for a very short while. The good news is we can get back up and running quickly – making our gins, bottling, labelling and packing them.”

York Gin said it was ‘working hard to replenish stocks’ and is taking pre-orders. Dispatch of online gin orders are currently delayed until 6 July, according to the brand’s website.

The distillery said it had already repaired the “significant damage” to the distillery and increased security.

It called on fellow spirits producers to “be vigilant” after it was the second North Yorkshire distillery to suffer a recent break-in.

Family-run Yorkshire Dales Distillery reported a burglary in March when stock valued at tens of thousands of pounds was stolen.

York Gin said it was ‘working closely with the police to try to track down those responsible, and those profiting from this crime’.

The distillery said: “If you hear about any suspicious activity, anyone trying to sell York Gin, or have any information about this crime, please contact North Yorkshire Police by calling 101. Crime number NYP270620220070.”

York Gin also operates two retail stores in the city centre, including one in the railway station, which opened in November last year.

In May, Glenfarclas Distillery was the victim of a break-in, which saw thieves steal more than £100,000 worth of rare whiskies.

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