‘Devastating’ blow for community centre after food, drink and dartboard stolen
PUBLISHED: 13:35 12 May 2020 | UPDATED: 15:06 12 May 2020
A community centre has been dealt a devastating blow after £500 worth of stock was stolen in a burglary.
The Green Park Rural Centre, in Wicken Green village, near Fakenham, is reeling after £500 worth of stock was stolen.
Police are appealing for help after the centre saw bottles of spirits, cans of beer and cider, soft drinks, crisps, chocolate and a dartboard taken from its stock cupboard between 9pm on Sunday, May 3 and 8am on Monday, May 4.
A trustee at the centre, who did not want to be named and who has been involved with the centre for more than a year, said it was “devastating”.
It is currently closed due to the coronavirus lockdown but they said the burglary puts doubt over the future of the centre.
“This will put a hold on the reopening if they say we can, we will have to think twice over the amount of stock we have,” they said.
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“It is devastating to all the people involved and would be so sad for the community. There is nothing like this nearby for them.”
The trustee added: “It is devastating for all the trustees. You work hard for free with no gain in it, to have a community centre for the local community and for someone to come in and take it all away for nothing.
“These are selfish people who do not have a thought for anyone else.”
The Chapel Lane centre is used as a social club, putting on entertainment for people such as bingo and darts. People can also hire the space out for weddings and birthdays and it is also used as a heritage centre.
The break-in was discovered by a dog walker who passed the centre and noticed a broken window in the fire escape. Another trustee went into the building to find the cellar door open.
All the stock apart from a few chocolate bars were taken, with only a minimal amount on shelves and in a fridge left.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC Charlotte Edwards at Fakenham on 101 quoting crime reference 36/29108/20.
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