Thieves steal specialised play equipment from children's charity days before Christmas

Braintree and Witham Times: Manager,Jade Burfield and Laura Wiffen, with youngsters, Samuel Barker,Jake Gaine,Jack Florey amd Emel Curran. Manager,Jade Burfield and Laura Wiffen, with youngsters, Samuel Barker,Jake Gaine,Jack Florey amd Emel Curran.

Heartless thieves stole three tricycles from a children’s charity just days before Christmas.

PARC Essex, based in Great Notley Country Park, is a charity for children with disabilities and special needs, providing help and support for them and their families.

The play and resource centre has soft play areas, sensory and recovery rooms and an outdoor play area, with swings, slides and other play equipment.

But four days before Christmas, staff discovered that three metal tricycles had been stolen from the outdoor play area.

Jade Burfield, centre manager, said: “A lot of our children struggle with their co-ordination and balance to ride a normal bike and we got these ones especially so that they could participate in the activities with the rest of the children.

“Now they will miss out. It seems particularly heartless that they were taken just before Christmas."

Two of the tricycles are medium size, with blue frames, chrome wheels and handle bars and silver mud guards and fixings. The other is a small red tricycle with a Fireman Sam design.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PARC on 01376 528999 or Essex Police on 101.

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10:11am Thu 2 Jan 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

I do hope that the staff running the facility had the foresight to have these items uniquely marked in the manner that Crime Prevention Officers are forever recommending.

Then with a bit of luck and public co-operation they might be recovered and perhaps the book can be thrown at the evil gits who stoop so low as to steal from these disadvantaged kids.

But yet again, I question why oh why oh why has it taken so long to publicise this matter. It should have featured in the on line BWT on 21st December when there might have been a reasonable chance of recovering the items.

I fear that by now the items are long gone with little chance of ever seeing them (or the swine who had them away) ever again.

So much time has been lost. If only the Police and Newsquest had a spark of alacrity between them. What a terrible shame they can't do better!
I do hope that the staff running the facility had the foresight to have these items uniquely marked in the manner that Crime Prevention Officers are forever recommending. Then with a bit of luck and public co-operation they might be recovered and perhaps the book can be thrown at the evil gits who stoop so low as to steal from these disadvantaged kids. But yet again, I question why oh why oh why has it taken so long to publicise this matter. It should have featured in the on line BWT on 21st December when there might have been a reasonable chance of recovering the items. I fear that by now the items are long gone with little chance of ever seeing them (or the swine who had them away) ever again. So much time has been lost. If only the Police and Newsquest had a spark of alacrity between them. What a terrible shame they can't do better! OMPITA [Intl]

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