20th Sep, 2020

Appeal after thieves steal store shed from local charity Inspire

Ross Crawford 3rd Aug, 2020 Updated: 3rd Aug, 2020

MEAN spirited thieves have stolen the store shed from local charity Inspire Community Interest Company at Winyates Craft Centre.

Inspire, which has been helping hundreds of residents during the coronavirus pandemic, had stored wheelchair ramps and chairs in the shed, none of which had been stolen.

“We came in this morning (Monday, August 3) and the contents were literally strewn along the car park and the shed was gone,” said manager Karen Butler.

“The shed is moulded grey plastic and a couple of people must have just picked it up and walked off with it. Someone must have seen them.”

The shed cost £200, and Karen says it was still there the evening before at 11.40pm when she and her family finally left after stocking the centre’s popular refill shop, which has just re-opened.

And the suspicion is that it must have been someone local who stole it as the shed can’t be seen from the bus lane which the craft centre fronts.

“It’s normally locked but a colleague had some plants stolen a few days ago and I’d given her the padlock to secure the rest,” said Karen.

“We were due to replace it and whoever stole the shed must have seen that the padlock wasn’t on it.”

And she appealed for the community to come together and help find the missing shed.

“It’s light now about 4.30am or 5am, and someoen must have seen them walking through Winyates with it.

“If anyone has offered you a shed overnight or you suddenly see a new shed in your neighbour’s garden, please let us know,” said Karen.

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