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Friday, 29 August 2014

Thief blasted for targeting wishing well

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.

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