HEARTLESS thieves broke into a community centre and stole thousands of pounds worth of computer equipment.
The 17 silver Toshiba Satellite Pro laptops, each worth £350, were taken from the Bridge Centre in Priory Road.
Police said the break-in happened between 4.40pm last Wednesday (December 4) and 8.40am on Friday (December 6). The centre was
The centre was closed because staff were attending the funeral of one of their colleagues.
Cllr Jay Kramer, chairman of the Bridge Centre Trustees, said: “We are absolutely devastated. It was particularly upsetting as the centre was closed so that staff and volunteers were able to pay their respects at the funeral of our manager who had sadly passed away.
“The loss of the laptops is felt by all as they are an integral part of the service that we offer at the Bridge Centre. These are used by students from the local academies to enhance their education and members of the community to hone their skills and access help with benefits. We feel violated by this crime.”
Sergeant Dave Townsend said: “We are keen to hear from anyone who might be able to provide information about when the burglary took place or saw anything suspicious during that time. We would also like to speak to anyone who may have been offered the chance to buy one of the silver laptops or who saw people hanging around the centre between Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning.”
Anyone with information should call 101 quoting serial 435 of December 6.