Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Volunteer gardening kit stolen in raids

COUNCIL equipment used by residents to clean up their neighbourhoods has been stolen in two raids.

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Thieves broke into a store used by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council on Friday and Monday to steal two petrol rotary mowers, three cordless hedge cutters, two cordless strimmers and ten pairs of waders.

They were used as part of the council’s Environmental Champions initiative, set up in 2007 to help residents make improvements to their area.

The council said future projects have been put in jeopardy by the thefts.

Cabinet member for Community Services Councillor Mrs Kate Wild said: “This is an utterly despicable act which has put at risk all the hard work and co-operation which has made the Environmental Champions such a popular and respected initiative.

“I implore residents to not let the disgusting acts of a few ruin the activities of the majority – our dedicated volunteers.”

Meriden MP Caroline Spelman said: “I was so sad to hear about this theft. What a huge shame that volunteers have been treated in this way.”

The council is hoping residents will donate or lend equipment so projects can be completed.

To help email environmentchampions@solihull.gov.uk or call 0121 704 6534.

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