Thieves raid al­lot­ment for EIGHTH time

Stockport Times West - - NEWS - MATTHEW DAVIS

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.

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