Glen Allotments in Sixth Avenue, York targeted by ‘thoughtless’ raiders

Glen Gardening Club secretary Barry Bothamley examines one of the sheds that was broken into

Gardening Club members, from left, Reg Gibson, Malcolm Mitchell and Barry Bothamley view the gap where fencing and part of the hedge was removed by thieves

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“THOUGHTLESS and selfish” burglars have stolen thousands of pounds worth of gardening equipment from a community allotment in York.

The Glen Allotments in Sixth Avenue were opened by residents three years ago, with raised beds as a way to help local residents with mobility problems and children with special needs get into gardening.

Thieves removed the hinges from the doors of two sheds at the allotment, between 1.30pm on Sunday and 2pm on Monday.

They made off with a Huzvana L120 tractor, with a registration plate which reads MAC, a back-tipping trailer, emblazoned with Glen Garden Club stickers, a yellow ride-on power mower, a red Honda rotavator, a Mountfield lawnmower, a Bosch cordless drill and other power tools worth a total of more than £2,000.

Last Hallowe’en, Glen Gardening Club welcomed 186 children from the local area to a special event set up by the club at the allotment, and volunteers regularly give up their time to work on the land with residents and children.

Malcolm Mitchell, chairman of the club, said: “The funds for these items were raised last year by people giving donations and local businesses, as we decided to make life easier for the volunteers, many of whom are in their 60s and 70s.

“It seems so funny that they’ve just targeted two sheds. It looks like a military operation. After all we’ve done for the community, we’ve always put them first.”

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police, urged anyone who had been offered the items for sale to get in touch.

He said: “This is a thoughtless and selfish crime which is both upsetting and inconvenient for the victims.

“It is a shame that children who use the allotments have been deprived of the equipment they need to look after their plot. Anyone who can help the police with the investigation, is urged to phone the police or Crimestoppers with information.”

Mr Mitchell said: “We’re not going to buy more, as in all probability they’ll just get stolen again. This will mean more strenuous work for us all.

“Anyone could drop them back or pass on information. We’re not bothered who took them, if they get brought back. The damage can be repaired, but these items are now lost.”

Anyone with information can contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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8:51am Wed 30 Jan 13

notmyrealname says...

Surely there must be CCTV information of these mindless criminals leaving the scene . This type of crime will become more common - lack of police patrols means this type of crime will go unnoticed.
how sad for the honest people who set this up and now cannot use it.
Surely there must be CCTV information of these mindless criminals leaving the scene . This type of crime will become more common - lack of police patrols means this type of crime will go unnoticed. how sad for the honest people who set this up and now cannot use it. notmyrealname
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8:51am Wed 30 Jan 13

yorkborn66 says...

Its not like the thieves could just put these items in their pockets, someone must know who did this.
It must be disheartening and frustrating to know that the thieves most possibly live in the community that they have stole from.
Its not like the thieves could just put these items in their pockets, someone must know who did this. It must be disheartening and frustrating to know that the thieves most possibly live in the community that they have stole from. yorkborn66
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9:01am Wed 30 Jan 13

Tom6187 says...

"Sixth Avenue"

Say no more.
"Sixth Avenue" Say no more. Tom6187
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9:55am Wed 30 Jan 13

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

Sadly, allotment theft is an ongoing problem in York. It's just not worth keeping anything of value on an allotment - anything will be nicked.
Sadly, allotment theft is an ongoing problem in York. It's just not worth keeping anything of value on an allotment - anything will be nicked. Ignatius Lumpopo
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12:57pm Wed 30 Jan 13

bob the builder says...

Not very secure facilities for starters, allotments are easy targets at night, and in poor weather as there is no one about, which is why you don't keep anything of value on them. Even with guarded, alarmed premises you can expect theft, it is part of life. Often stolen for export in shipping containers, as no one ever looks in them there are so many.
Not very secure facilities for starters, allotments are easy targets at night, and in poor weather as there is no one about, which is why you don't keep anything of value on them. Even with guarded, alarmed premises you can expect theft, it is part of life. Often stolen for export in shipping containers, as no one ever looks in them there are so many. bob the builder
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