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Plea for return of winery tanks

After his ute lost its load, a winery manager hid eight tanks while he went to get a new rope, but they were gone when he returned.

BARBARA SUNGAILA April 16, 2014 3:10am

Silver Spoon winery manager Peter Allen with a 600l flexcube tank. Four tanks were taken from the side of the Northern Hwy last Thursday after a rope snapped on the load Mr Allen was transporting. Photo: Barbara Sungaila

Silver Spoon Winery’s owners Peter and Tracie Young hope a good Samaritan will return over $3000 worth of tanks left near the side of the Northern Hwy last Thursday afternoon.

Vineyard Manager Peter Allen was transporting eight 600-litre flexcube tanks, worth $800 each, from Melbourne to the Silver Spoon Vineyard at Mt Camel when a rope broke.

All eight tanks fell off the back of his ute and onto the road.

After receiving a stream of abuse from another driver, a rattled Mr Allen started to reload his vehicle but quickly realised he would not be able to tie down all eight tanks with the remaining rope.

He hid four near the side of the road, but returned a short time later to find them missing.

Mrs Young said she and her husband were upset about both the accident and the loss of the tanks.

‘‘The tanks are worth over $3000,’’ she said.

The incident happened about 300m south of the Seppelt vineyard, just before 4pm.

Mr and Mrs Young hoped whoever took the tanks now realised they had been left due to a mishap, not abandoned.

‘‘(This) is why they were hidden from the road,’’ Mrs Young said.

Anyone with any information about the missing tanks should contact Heathcote police on 54333711.

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