A brazen thief took a television worth hundreds of pounds from under the nose of volunteers at a busy Blackpool community centre.
Staff and users of the Claremont First Step Community Centre, on Dickson Road, North Shore, said they were devastated to find the 32” flat screen TV had been stolen during a drop-in session.
It is the third time the centre has been targeted, after vandals smashed windows of its minibus in March last year and thugs broke in to and smashed the computer suite on Christmas Day 2012, causing more than £1,000 of damage in total.
On April 1, some time between 10.30am and 4pm, when the centre was busy with visitors, someone removed the 32” Samsung TV from its bracket hanging in the communal area of the centre.
Now a children’s charity has offered to replace the TV after hearing of the theft.
Johann Adams, the centre’s project officer, said: “We’re all gutted about it and just can’t believe someone would come in and do that.
“It’s just despicable that someone would take it from a small, local centre. It’s probably the only thing of value we have on display.
“The young people with learning difficulties used to play on it during their sessions. They’re devastated about it.”
Variety, The Children’s Charity, Blackpool Wyre and Fylde has offered to fund the purchase of a replacement television after hearing of the theft.
Chairman David Jones said: “We’re more than happy to be able to step in to help these worthy youngsters.”
And centre bosses have said they are delighted with the offer.
Ms Adams added: “It’s brilliant, the young people particularly will be thrilled.”
Lancashire Police confirmed it is investigating the incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact 101.