10:36 am September 22, 2022
The thieves targeted an organization that helps young people in the city socialize and learn new skills.
The Sprowston Youth Engagement Project (SYEP) had a generator, transformer and a number of tools snatched a week ago from one of their storage containers.
The theft, which happened in Church Lane, blocked plans to develop an acre of land near St Andrews Church.
Clare Lincoln, youth officer at SYEP, said: “The site manager arrived on September 16 and noticed that the lock on the door had been broken and removed.
“When he looked inside, he was missing a number of important tools.
“It’s such a shame because it had a ripple effect on our project.
“Without the tools and equipment, we cannot continue to work on the site.
“We contacted and reported the theft to the police as soon as possible.”
A police spokeswoman said: “The suspect(s) targeted Church Lane Urban Adventure Garden in Sprowston between 3pm on Thursday 15th September and 11am on Saturday 17th September.
“A padlock on the front door was cut before a security container was broken into where tools, a generator and a transformer were stolen.
“Anyone with information about the incident should contact the Op Solve team on 101 quoting crime reference 36/72594/22.”
In total around £1,200 worth of equipment was stolen – which Clare is now working tirelessly to recover.
The 42-year-old added: “We are setting up a GoFundMe and will also see if we can use some of the grant money given to us by our backers to replace items.
“It’s frustrating because it prevents us from producing our project for young people.
“We are looking to make the area a community space with a range of flower beds, a pond and a fire pit.
“It’s an opportunity to teach young people to develop their range of skills.
“The hope is that we will also use the space to organize events and activities.
“We want to create a rural space in an urban area.
“However, this has now been postponed because someone has decided to steal the tools we need.”