Another charity hit by thieves

By Richard Wright

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


THIEVES have targeted another Isle of Wight charity, the sixth to be hit in recent weeks.

The latest to suffer a break-in was the Real World Trust workshop in Fitzroy Street, Sandown, which was burgled over the weekend.

It followed a break-in at the YMCA’s Winchester House, also in Sandown, several days ago, where the Isle of Wight Young Carer’s Project and the Children’s Bereavement Service are based.

Mencap, Independent Arts and Osel Enterprises have also been the victims of recent crimes.

Real World Trust executive trustee Richard Priest said: "This centre was created by people who used their time and money to create a facility which is valuable to users. It is not just the monetary loss but the disruption to the work that goes on there."

The thieves’ haul included three Mesh personal computers worth about £2,000., which are used to help equip vulnerable people with life skills, according to Mr Priest.

He added: "More than 20 people use the centre each week. It has run for more than ten years and has never suffered this sort of problem before.

"Really this is a sad indictment of some members of society who do not care that they are stealing from a charity."


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