Group has nowhere to shed toys

17 September 2009

by Emma Rice

IT TOOK members of a playgroup in Bridport three years to raise the money for a shed to store their play equipment. Last weekend, it took thieves just a few hours to steal it.

Police are appealing for witnesses after the shed, which cost £800, was taken from the grounds of St Swithun’s, Allington, in the early hours of Saturday morning. It had been delivered less than 24 hours before by the building firm Travis Perkins, and there had been no time to erect it. Indeed, Zoe Farmer, the playgroup leader, said that the first they knew of its delivery was the news of its theft.

“All they left were the straps that bound the panels,” she told the Bridport News. “We are really disappointed. We are not sure yet who is liable, as we never signed a receipt.” A spokes­man for Travis Perkins expressed surprise: “The amazing thing is how quickly they stole it. It was a lot of panels and they could not have taken it in just a car.”

The Team Vicar of St Swithun’s, the Revd Peter Edwards, said that the theft was “very sad, and not a very nice thing for the children to come back to”.

The police have asked anyone with information to telephone 01305 222222.

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