Ipswich: Raiders wreck playgroup and steal kids’ cash

Ipswich: Children at a playgroup have been left devastated after thieves broke in, trashed their kitchen and made off with more than �300.

Staff at You and Me Playgroup, which has its home in St Mary Magdalen’s Church Hall, were appalled when they discovered the theft, after nearby builders spotted a broken kitchen window.

The building in Highfield Approach had its kitchen window smashed with a brick, while the kitchen was vandalised.

The offender or offenders then moved through a sliding serving hatch into the main hall and out into the lobby area.

The playgroup stores its confidential files in a filing cabinet behind a three-inch thick fire door off the lobby which was broken through.

The files were scattered across the floor and �335 was taken.

The money had been raised by the children, their friends and family to purchase new soft play equipment for the playgroup.

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Manager Julie Gray said: “We’re saddened by the whole thing. It’s the intrusion really – they just trashed the place.

“It’s what you have to pick up afterwards. It was thankful that they didn’t make more mess.”

The incident took place some time between 10pm on April 13 and 5pm on April 14.

Children at the playgroup have been raising the funds since February.

“It was for new equipment which we really do need,” Julie said.

“We’re now having to start all over again.”

Contact Pc Adam Long on 101 if you have information.

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