Buddhist Centre break-in

BURGLARS who risked their lives to climb more than 50 feet to break into the Ipswich Buddhist Centre escaped with just £60 worth of goods.The break-in happened between 10pm on Boxing Day and 10am on December 27 at the centre, in the Thoroughfare, Ipswich.

BURGLARS who risked their lives to climb more than 50 feet to break into the Ipswich Buddhist Centre escaped with just £60 worth of goods.

The break-in happened between 10pm on Boxing Day and 10am on December 27 at the centre, in the Thoroughfare, Ipswich.

The burglars, who got into the centre through a fire exit on the third floor, would have had to climb an 8ft fence and navigate their way up to and across a succession of walkways to carry out the break-in. This would have required leaping between walkways that are suspended at around 50 feet.

Jnanamitra, who is chairwoman of the centre, said: "It was hardly worth their while, they could have broken their necks if they had fallen.

"They didn't really take much as we don't leave much up here. They had a good go through the cupboard and pulled the office apart but they didn't take the computer or any of the software."

The centre lost a total of around £50 in cash that had been generated from book sales and cassette loans and also a drill thought to be worth around £5.

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Jnanamitra, who lives in Edward Close, Ipswich, added: "Being a Buddhist, I'm not unduly concerned. We usually make sure all our money is banked anyway so there's not much up here for them to steel."

She believes the culprits knew what they were doing and must have had some knowledge about how to get up and into the centre.

"I think they knew their way around, she said. "They got in through the fire escape but they took quite a risk to get there."

If anyone has any information on the crime, they are asked to contact Pc Clack at Suffolk police on 01473 613500.

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