Thieves steal shed from day centre

GREEN-fingered day centre users are today slamming light-fingered thieves who stole their shed.Despite it being bolted to the ground, thieves stole the metal shed from the garden of Wade House Day Centre in Stowmarket.

GREEN-fingered day centre users have been left bewildered after light-fingered thieves stole their shed - but left the contents behind.

Despite it being bolted to the ground, thieves stole the metal shed from the garden of Wade House Day Centre in Stowmarket.

Staff and visitors to the centre have been left baffled by the theft - particularly because the thieves emptied the contents of the shed into the garden before making their escape.

They have also been left upset because months of fundraising was needed to raise enough money to buy the modern shed.

Tina Mills, service co-ordinator at the centre, said: "I can't believe it.

"I came into work and opened the kitchen blinds and thought I was dreaming.

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"I had to go out and stand on the concrete where it should have been to convince myself it really wasn't there.

"I don't know how they got it out of the garden as there's no damage to the fence.

"I think they must've been casing the joint."

The shed which cost £150 had wheelchair access and skylights in the roof.

Ms Mills said: "People could go in and do planting and potter about because we don't have a greenhouse yet.

"We started revamping the garden about two years ago and have worked really hard to fundraise for it but we are reluctant to go any further until we can pay for better security

"We want to know our things are going to be safe."

The theft from the Violet Hill Road centre happened between 4pm on Thursday and 8.20am on Friday.

The aluminium shed is grey and green, 7ft square, with double sliding doors.

Suffolk police spokesman Mike Nunn said: "Although thieves sometimes target sheds to steal the contents it is particularly unusual for them to take the whole structure.

"The offenders would have been in the area some time and are likely to have created quite a disturbance.

"They would also have had to use a vehicle of some description to remove the shed.

"We are appealing to anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in the area between the stated times or spotted a shed on the back of a vehicle or trailer to contact us."

Police with information are asked to call Pc Kerry Rumbellow on 01284 774 100 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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