Table stolen within hours

PICNICKERS will be dining off their laps this summer after quick moving thieves pilfered their new table - less than 48 hours after it was installed.Thieves did not even give most lunchers a chance to see the table – let alone eat off it – as they overcame the anti-vandal bolts and stole it.

PICNICKERS will be dining off their laps this summer after quick moving thieves pilfered their new table - less than 48 hours after it was installed.

Thieves did not even give most lunchers a chance to see the table - let alone eat off it - as they overcame the anti-vandal bolts and stole it.

The plush wooden bench had been installed in the Dales open space, Ipswich, by the borough council.

Staff went to extra security measures on Tuesday by screwing it into metal brackets concreted to the floor - but by Thursday it was ripped out and gone.

Fiona Scully, park ranger, said: "It seems nothing is anti-theft nowadays.

"After all the extra effort to secure it the thieves still weren't put off. I can't believe it.

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"I'm surprised people can be so selfish and spoil other people's pleasure.

"I expect someone has it in their back garden somewhere and I hope they got a hernia lifting it.

"You expect vandalism or theft of pieces like this at some time in its life but certainly not this quickly."

The all-in-one table and chairs had been designed specially so wheelchairs could use it.

It was installed when local workers said they wanted somewhere to spend their summer lunchtimes.

Paul Hart, part owner of Harts Carpet World on Dales Road, said: "The staff here are very disappointed.

"I can't believe someone would have the cheek to steal it so quickly.

"Most of us haven't even seen it yet."

Bob Fletcher, director of Metaltech Engineering on Dales Business Park, said: "We didn't even know it was there as no-one had got around to telling us.

"It's a shame as we would have liked to have got a chance to use it."

The council now plans to make its own lower-budget version of the bench as a replacement.

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