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Eathworks charity left 'devastated' by equipment theft
An environmental charity working with learning difficulties and mental health problems has been left "devastated" after being targeted by thieves for the second time this year.
Eathworks charity, in Hixberry Lane, was close to cancelling their Halloween party for learning disabled gardeners, after they had vital equipment stolen.
The theft took place overnight on Saturday, October 26 when thieves broke into a secure lock up and stole a brand new petrol generator, which would have been used to generate the sound system for the much anticipated Halloween party was stolen and an expensive chainsaw.
Bianca Badham, project co-ordinator from Earthworks said: "We are devastated here at Earthworks, the loss of the chainsaw means that our leaning disabled gardeners cannot chop logs which is a favourite activity.
"It also brings Earthworks much need revenue in fire wood sales.
"We were worried we wouldn’t be able to host the Halloween party but luckily we were fortunate enough to hold the party on Wednesday - but had to rent a generator with our own funds."
This theft is another setback for Earthworks. Two years ago they were victim to a huge arson attack that destroyed their main building.
In 2004 the charity also had £3,000-worth of gardening equipment stolen from its premises.
Alexandra McCann Earthworks Fundraiser and Publicity Co-ordinator said: "We are always very appreciative of any donations regardless of size. We are extremely grateful for the local community of St Albans' support towards Earthworks.
"If you want to donate please look at our website www.earthworksstalbans.co.uk or call the Earthworks office on 01727847311."
After hearing about the most recent break-in a local welder has offered to help make the unit secure, to prevent future thefts. A spokesperson at Hertfordshire Police said: "Between 4pm on Saturday October 26 and 8.45 the following day there was a break in at the address.
"During this time offenders have gone through the gate and cut the padlocks to a metal container removing items.
"Anyone with information should contact Hertfordshire police on 101 quoting crime reference number F3/13/1620. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."
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