Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 5°C

Search

Mysterious thieves steal £18,000 food trailer, leaving seven young people jobless

PUBLISHED: 19:38 07 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:15 08 August 2018

The trailer which was stolen from The Mix in Stowmarket. Picture: THE MIX

The trailer which was stolen from The Mix in Stowmarket. Picture: THE MIX

Archant

“Devastated” young people in need have been left jobless after brazen thieves stole their food trailer.

The trailer which was stolen from The Mix in Stowmarket. Picture: THE MIXThe trailer which was stolen from The Mix in Stowmarket. Picture: THE MIX

The Mix Stowmarket bought the £18,000 trailer earlier this year to help plug a financial black hole when Suffolk County Council cut £60,000 of funding.

As well as a business venture to bring in £10,000 a year to the charity which works to improve the life of chances of youngsters, it also gave those in need of work some valuable experience and income.

But the theft of the trailer, which provided catering at events around Suffolk, has not only deprived the charity of much-needed income but left young people without a job when they need it most.

Even though the trailer was insured, it would take several months for it to be replaced - which operations and youth work director Dave Hannah said would be too late.

The trailer which was stolen from The Mix in Stowmarket. Picture: THE MIXThe trailer which was stolen from The Mix in Stowmarket. Picture: THE MIX

“It brings in money that funds our youth work - but it also gives young people jobs,” he said.

“We were dependent on it bringing in £10,000 this year.

“We’ve known for a number of years that the funding cut was coming - that’s why we put this plan in place to get a catering trailer.

“It cost £18,000 and while we’re sure the insurance will cover that, it will take three and a half months to build.

“By the time we’ve got it, we’ll have missed all those events that we’d booked in - and that means we will have to stop youth services and lay off staff.”

That means seven young people working on the 8ft x 12ft food trailer will now no longer have employment.

But the loss in revenue could cost the wider charity as well.

“It isn’t just us losing business. It’s us losing potential services for young people,” he added.

“It’s not just a trailer where we make money. It will have a bigger impact on the lives of those young people.”

CCTV footage shows a black estate car pulling up at the locked car park in Needham Road, Stowmarket, where the trailer was stored, at 8.32pm on Saturday, August 4.

It then shows the thieves driving off with the trailer at 8.36am.

Anyone with information should call Suffolk police on 101.

Two knife wielding robbers threatened staff at an Ipswich convenience shop before fleeing on foot with cash and cigarettes.

A driver who was stopped in Ipswich for allegedly using a mobile phone behind the wheel has been arrested after reportedly giving a positive drugs test.

Members of the public crowded round to help after a man’s foot was struck by a car in Ipswich town centre.

Don’t leave your New Year’s eve plans until last minute - see what events are happening around Suffolk with our guide.

A pub landlord who smashed a pint glass over a customer was put behind bars this week. Take a look at the others here.

Uninsured drivers in Ipswich town centre were the latest targets of a week-long crackdown led by Suffolk Constabulary.

A learner motorcyclist had their bike seized after police found they had allegedly been riding with no rear brake pads.

A busy road near Ipswich is to be closed in an emergency for the best part of a day so that a lamppost can be replaced.

A new design for Shotley Pier has been approved by the majority of stakeholders following a bout of tension over the future of the tourist attraction.

Motorists are being warned of severe delays following a crash and car fire on the A12.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Ipswich Star daily newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24