Heartless vandals in sickening bus attack

Joanne Adams from the centre with the smashed glass.
Joanne Adams from the centre with the smashed glass.
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COMMUNITY centre bosses have been left reeling after a “despicable” attack on their minibus.

Thieves smashed the Claremont One Stop Community Centre’s bus windows with a brick before attempting to make off with the stereo system and fire extinguisher.

It is a second blow to the North Shore-centre within a year, after its premises were ransacked by thugs on Christmas Day morning.

Project worker Joanne Adams discovered the carnage at the North Shore Methodist Church, on Dickson Road, when she turned up for work on Tuesday morning.

She said: “I’m gobsmacked they would target a community centre which doesn’t have a lot.

“To target somewhere which doesn’t have very much to begin with is despicable.

“When I saw it I thought ‘God, not again’ because we’re only a small local charity and it’s costing us money we don’t have.”

The centre provides activity clubs for the elderly, as well as computer courses and work projects for young people and the unemployed.

Joanne fears some of these projects may now have to be cut in order to fund the repair to the minibus.

She said: “We try to provide things which don’t cost very much, at a very low or minimal cost.

“We do work placements for the unemployed and some of these may have to be put on hold because we need to find money to repair the minibus.”

Joanne says the break-in has caused concern for the centre’s elderly users.

She said: “They’re a bit concerned in case they can’t get to their clubs on a Monday and Friday, but we’re making contingencies until we make the repairs.”

Blackpool Police is investigating the incident, which took place between 5pm on Monday and 8am on Tuesday.

A police spokesman said: “The offenders smashed the front driver’s side window with a brick.”

Anyone with information can call police on non-emergency number 101.

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