Thieves break in and steal £3k of tools
BEAUMARIS LEISURE CENTRE LEFT GUTTED BY ACT
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.