Thieves raid allotment for EIGHTH time
THIEVES have stolen garden machinery, cash and charity prizes in a raid on an allotment – the eighth time it has been targeted in two months.
Offerton Hall allotments was broken into overnight on November 15.
Thieves used bolt cutters to open containers and sheds stealing items of value including lawn mowers, garden tools, cookers, and prizes for a tombola for an upcoming Christmas fair to raise money to build a sensory garden for disabled people.
Last month we reported how vandals had trashed the allotments four times in a fortnight.
The trouble has continued at the allotments, off Half Moon Lane, with ongoing petty theft and vandalism but this incident is the worst reported so far.
Mal Brown, secretary of the allotments which has more than 60 members, said: “I am heartbroken, it is just one thing after another. This is the biggest theft so far. They are scum of the earth.
“Everything of any value in the allotments has been taken.
“They stole equipment that has been donated to us and all the stuff for a tombola and to sell at the Offerton Community Centre Christmas fair.
“We needed that to help raise funds to build a sensory garden for disabled and dementia patients.
“Now we have no way of raising money.
She added: “I am at the end of my tether, it is making me ill.
“I fear for what I will find everytime I come down here.”
Police say they are investigating the thefts.
The allotments are appealing for donations for their tombola and Christmas fair stall and asking businesses for any donations of gardening equipment.
If you can help contact Mal Brown on 07927713305.
Anyone with information about the theft should call police on 101.