Care home staff were shocked to find their prized garden furniture had disappeared overnight.
Almost £1,000 of outdoor furniture went missing from the garden of Hope Residential Care Home, in Waterloo Road, Blackpool this week.
Staff were horrified when they went outside on Thursday to find a garden table, six chairs and a £450 barbecue had gone.
The well-used items were bought for the residents’ enjoyment after a series of fundraising events that saw members of the community making donations towards the cause.
The table and chairs had only been at the home for two or three months before the vanished, much to the disappointment of staff.
Registered manager at the facility Tracey Hope said: “I can’t believe anyone would stoop that low.”
She said the furniture had brought a lot of pleasure to the home’s elderly residents and it was frustrating to have become the victims of an alleged theft after trying to make an effort to brighten the lives of people at the home.
She added: “It was lunchtime when we went out to see the chickens. I went out with the residents.
“It was just shocking – the residents are obviously disappointed.”
Police confirmed they had received a report from the care home about the incident, which is believed to have happened overnight on Wednesday.