Definitely a strange theft. 20 miles of sausage skins. Hmmm… what would you need with 20 miles of sausage skins?
A butcher, of course, would find a use for them but he would have to be a pretty popular butcher if he was expecting to sell the 302,400 sausages that would fit in that much skin.
I wonder if the thieves thought that the 5cwt (5 hundredweight, about 250kg) of sausage skins were actually something else?
Did they get this very heavy stash back home, rip off the covering with a flourish, and find disappointingly empty sausage skins rather than the big slab of meat they thought they had stolen?
I wonder what else you can do with sausage casings? Do ou think there is there some other reason they could have stolen them?