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"Disappointed and gobsmacked" at Community Centre break-in
8:00am Friday 1st November 2013 in Devon
THE manager of a Tiverton community centre has been left “disappointed and gobsmac-ked” after a break-in last week caused damage costing hundreds of pounds.
Two metal sheds at Sunning-mead Community Centre in Laz-enby Road were raided late on Sunday night, October 20, leaving one of the doors smashed in and beyond repair.
Centre manager Roy Aldis says he cannot believe anyone would do something like that to a place which serves the community.
He said: “I’m totally disappointed and gobsmacked that somebody would do this to a charity.
“We’re working so hard to try to get this place looking so good for the community and it’s all wiped out by something like this.
“The most annoying thing is that we’re doing so much to get the centre looking its best.
“For example, we’ve had some new windows, and there are so many people who give up their own time to help paint.
“They’ve taken time off work so they can help us out, but some people just ruin it.”
The Sunningmead Centre, a registered charity, is funded solely through donations and grants.
The cost of replacing each shed has been put at £700, and Roy believes this is the only way to ensure that they are safe and secure.
He said: “We’re probably going to have to buy some new sheds – the damage is such that they can only now be made partially safe, and it’s really disappointing.”
Anyone with any information about the break-in can call the police on 101.
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