Thief blasted for targeting wishing well
Published at 16:20, Tuesday, 22 January 2013
A THIEF has targeted a charity wishing well – making off with less money than it costs to repair the damage caused.
The incident is the second time the well in Grange has been broken into and fundraisers are concerned it is becoming a regular target.
The Rotary Club of Grange looks after the wishing well, on the promenade, and distributes the money among the community.
President Sue Wilkinson said: “The amount of money is not huge — it mounts up over the year for us but each time it is only about £10.”
Mrs Wilkinson said the thefts are taking money away from community groups in need of support.
She said: “We are a very small club and we have to work very hard to raise these sums.
“The first time we didn’t think to report it to the police — we were just so concerned about getting the well up and running again.”
The damage has now been repaired, at the club’s expense, and a new stainless steel lock put in place.
Mrs Wilkinson said the club would not be deterred from its work, which will see members visit Yew Tree Barn, in Low Newton, in February to promote their polio eradication work and selling raffle tickets.
Grange Town Council chairman, Tom Harvey, said he was disgusted that anyone would stoop so low and steal from the charity wishing well.
He added: “Grange Rotary do a huge amount of charity work and fundraising for the benefit of Grange and the wider community.
“For someone to steal from a charity is unquestionably abhorrent and they deserve to feel the full force of the law.
“Rotary are taking extra steps to try and prevent it happening again and I would urge that anyone who may know anything about this to contact the police straight away and for walkers using the prom to be extra vigilant for any suspicious behaviour.”
The theft has been reported to the police who are now investigating the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
More Grange news
- Cumbria sex offender pensioner due in court today charged with loitering near children's play area
- Cumbria fly-tipper admits dumping his old sofa
- High winds close outdoor exhibition in South Cumbria
- Cartmel Races - Betfair Barbecue Day 2014
- Cartmel Races - Totepool Cumbria Crystal Hurdle Day 2014
- Two race horses perish at Cartmel races in South Cumbria (16 comments)
- Consultation begins on £1.4m South Cumbria homes proposal (1 comment)
- Cartmel Vintage Race Night
- Barrow bakery has recipe for success
- Car stolen in South Cumbria
- Barrow and Grange venues for summer street gallery exhibition
- Cumbria chef Simon Rogan wins another accolade
- Concerns over application for 68 new homes in Cumbria town
- Grange care home residents given month to leave (2 comments)
- Police appeal after Cumbria collision between car and pedestrian
- Work on multi-million housing development in South Cumbria under way
- Cumbria women invited to Dalton, Grange and Ambleside events to "change their lives"
- Look for elusive bird in Cumbria
- Supporters prepare South Cumbria lido Lottery cash bid (1 comment)
- Social media crimes in Cumbria on the increase
- Bizarre theft of Slimming World banner in Cumbria
- Cumbria businesswoman helps brave servicemen and women unwind
- UPDATE 2pm: 70 properties in Cumbria still without power
- Search is on to find a poster girl to be the face of Grange Lido campaign
- Heavy rain set to hit Cumbria today
Evening Mail homepage
ENERGY FOR LIFE 5.1k WALNEY FAMILY FUN RUN
Did you enjoy the Energy For Life 5.1k Walney Family Fun Run?
• Click here to pledge to take part in next year's event on September 2, 2012