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Theft in South Lynn has left staff and service users 'devastated'

Thieves targeted the garden of South Lynn community centre, leaving staff members of the Headway charity devastated.

The charity is located at the community centre, where they lease rooms at the back for clients to use during the week.

During the last week of May the centre was used as a polling station in South Lynn, so there was lots of 'traffic' in and out of the building.

When staff returned from their bank holiday, they were horrified to discover that more than £1,000 of garden furniture and plants had been stolen.

A solid oak bench, donated by the Wisbech Ladies Circle, had been taken as well as oak chairs.

South Lynn Community Centre
South Lynn Community Centre

"The robbery had to have been planned," said Gaynor Doy, the service manager for Headway, a brain injury rehabilitation charity.

"There was no way they could lift that bench over the gate or get away with it unseen. They would have had to bring a car to put it in, along with the chairs.

"It's such a shame. The service users delight in the use of the garden, as not all of them have access to one.

"A lot of fundraising efforts from staff made it all possible, now it's gone."

The police were called, however no further news on the whereabouts or identity of the thieves has surfaced.

"There are CCTV cameras across the road. We are waiting to hear more about what they've picked up but we haven't had a response." Gaynor said.

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