Thieves break in and steal £3k of tools


Bangor Mail - - NEWS - Gareth Wyn Wil­liams

VOL­UN­TEERS who run a com­mu­nity leisure cen­tre have been left dev­as­tated af­ter thieves stole over £3,000 worth of equip­ment.

North Wales Po­lice have launched an ap­peal to help track down per­pe­tra­tors that made way with gar­den­ing equip­ment from Canol­fan Beau­maris, hav­ing bro­ken into a nearby cargo con­tainer and steal­ing items in­clud­ing a Stihl branded strim­mer and sep­a­rate hedge cut­ter.

Melanie Jack­son, the cen­tre’s De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer, said: “Its just dev­as­tat­ing re­ally, a real kick in the teeth to have some­thing like this hap­pen.

“We have a group of vol­un­teers here that work so hard to keep a leisure cen­tre in the town, just for some­one to do some­thing like this.

“Work­men come here every week and give up their time to clear the gar­dens, and these were their tools.

“We have no idea how we’ll be able to re­place them at this stage.”

The thieves, who po­lice be­lieve broke in some­time be­tween Satur­day and Wed­nes­day last week, also tried to ac­cess an ad­join­ing con­tainer, but were thank­fully thwarted.

A com­mu­nity group took over Beau­maris’ leisure cen­tre to save it from clo­sure in 2013, and are de­pen­dant on pub­lic sup­port to keep it open de­spite its es­ti­mated £200,000 a year run­ning costs.

The so­cial en­ter­prise is made up of a dozen mem­bers, with 11 em­ploy­ees cur­rently on the books.

Ap­peal­ing for the pub­lic’s help, In­ves­ti­gat­ing Of­fi­cer PC Ian Ed­wards at Llangefni Po­lice Sta­tion, said: “In ad­di­tion to the strim­mer and hedge cut­ter a quan­tity of other gar­den­ing tools were stolen so I’m keen to hear any con­cerns about any­one sell­ing gar­den­ing equip­ment lo­cally as well as from any­one who saw any sus­pi­cious be­haviour or ac­tiv­ity in the area at the time of the break-in.

“I’m also ask­ing lo­cal busi­nesses and com­mu­ni­ties to re­main vig­i­lant and re­port any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity im­me­di­ately. It is also worth re­mind­ing the com­mu­nity to en­sure their prop­erty is al­ways locked and se­cured or kept out of sight.”

Any­one who can help should con­tact the po­lice di­rectly by call­ing 101 or anony­mously via Crimes­top­pers on 0800 555 111, quot­ing ref­er­ence num­ber RC1712 0651.

Canol­fan Beau­maris

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