A Kingstanding charity is reeling after thieves stole tools worth £20,000 which local youngsters use to clean up pensioners’ gardens.
Burglars used an angle grinder saw to break into Kingstanding Regeneration Trust’s (KRT) shipping container, Dulwich Road, and clear the shelves inside – steeling so much gardening gear they needed a large van to drive it away.
The charity, which is based at Kingstanding Leisure Centre, has now been burgled four times in two years.
Assistant manager Emily Dwyer told Erdington Local: “This is really upsetting. This is the fourth time we have been broken into in two years. We really try and do good work for the community at KRT so it is very sad this keeps happening.
“These tools were used to help local young people get back into work and provide a gardening service for the pensioners.”
She added: “In December last year, thieves broke in and stole all our computers. We are waiting to find out what our insurers say about the tools but it will be so hard to get insurance after this latest break-in.
The charity also provides a low cost gardening service for pensioners throughout North Birmingham and runs various community projects from the leisure centre.
As part of their ongoing community outreach activities, KRT also helps nurture and develop green spaces – creating eight community gardens in recent years and “greened up” Hawthorn Road by planting trees and shrubbery.
We had a very successful litter pick event in Brookvale Park on Saturday for the Connecting Communities Project with the Friends of Brookvale Park and volunteers who gave up their time to make the park clean again! Over 30 bags of rubbish collected! Well Done Team! pic.twitter.com/yjL7tVuO13
— K.R.T (@KRTBirmingham) July 27, 2020
“The container was full of gardening and power tools worth approximately £20,000. All the tools are used to train young people so they can access employment. The container had three locks on and needed an angle grinder or still saw and a large van to carry all the kit.”
She added: “Please may I ask you report any information you have, especially if you are approached by someone selling tool to us via 101 or our Live Web Chat quoting crime number 20BE/228247Q/20.”
To find out more about Kingstanding Regeneration Trust, visit www.krtbirmimingham.co.uk
For more on the Kingstanding Police team, including non-emergency contact information, visit www.west-midlands.police.uk/node/2711b