April 19 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Users of a project which helps vulnerable people and those with learning difficulties have been left devastated after a TV used by their weekly group was stolen from their church base.
The theft took place at the Museum Street Methodist Church last week and cables that were used for a Wii games console were also taken in the raid.
The Befriending Scheme meets at the church, in Black Horse Lane, every Tuesday and the items that were stolen all belonged to the group – it is the second time this year thieves have stolen products belonging to the charity.
Julie Kemp, assistant volunteer co-ordinator, said: “We also used it for karaoke, we were hoping to use it for a race day, it certainly was used every week – it is disappointing that people would walk into a church and take it.
“Everyone that uses the group has been upset by the theft.”
The Wii itself was locked in a cupboard but a watch and a bracelet, both of which were due to be used as raffle prizes, were taken.
Suffolk police have confirmed they were contacted by the group, reporting that the theft took place at some time between 9.30am om Wednesday and 9.30am and Friday.
They are appealing for anyone with information, or anyone who saw something suspicious, to get in contact as soon as possible.
The Befriending Scheme operates in other areas of Suffolk as well as Ipswich.
The aim is to offer friendship and learning opportunities for adults from vulnerable groups, older people and people with learning disabilities.
If you can help police with their inquiries, please call 101.