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Children left devastated after play equipment stolen

Worcester Editorial 10th Oct, 2013 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A GROUP of children have been left “gutted” after hundreds of pounds worth of playing equipment was stolen from an activity centre near Worcester.

The theft happened at Top Barn Farm, in Holt Heath, between 3pm, on Friday, September 27 and 9am on Tuesday, October 1, where items, including a multi-purpose climbing frame, were taken and nothing has been heard since.

The equipment, worth about £450, was used by youngsters involved with the Bonterre project, aimed at helping children struggling with mainstream school.

Mike Stringer, who manages the project, said the theft was a big blow to both his family and children helped by the scheme.

“The equipment was brought for my three children, but the kids that are also going to be coming to the project were using it as well,” he said.

“It’s more hurtful they have stolen from my children than they have from me. They are absolutely gutted. My oldest daughter, who is eight, actually cried when I told her.

“I understand people are in bad situations but it is no excuse for doing something like this.”

Mr Stringer said the project aimed to help youngsters of all ages with both rehabilitation and education.

“The idea is to work with groups,” he added.

“It is ultimately a project for the children and they get more use out of it than anyone, so I am very disappointed and upset.”

A police spokeswoman urged anyone with information to come forward as the equipment played an important part in the community.

“Whoever stole this equipment should be ashamed of themselves,” she said.

“This was a thoroughly selfish act, with no thought whatsoever given to the children who would be deprived of the use of the equipment.”

Anyone with information or who saw anything suspicious in the area between the times stated should contact police on the non emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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