A GROUP of young people have been left ‘incredibly sad’ after recording equipment containing more than three years of irreplaceable work was stolen in a break-in.
Youngsters using the facilities at Needham Market Internet Café have lost all of their recordings, edits and mixes after thieves burgled the building last week.
Suffolk Police were called to the internet café, which operates from the youth centre in School Street, Needham Market, on Friday.
It is believed that the building was broken into between 9.30pm on August 25 and 10am on August 26 and equipment worth £3,500 was stolen, including an Apple Mac computer, microphones and headphones.
Young people in the town raised the money needed to buy the equipment.
A group of more than 15 teenagers regularly used the recording studio to record and edit their own mixes and dedicated much of their time to produce projects.
Tom Barker, director of the community interest company which runs the internet café, said: “It’s just incredibly sad for the young people who have lost all of their work. They had put everything into creating something positive.
“And it’s really sad for the volunteers to have to re-motivate themselves after feeling their space has been invaded.”
“The saddest part of the whole thing is the loss of files. This was a project that young people raised the funding for themselves, and they put in thousands of hours of work editing, recording and putting together mix tapes. Most of it wasn’t backed up.”
Although insurance will cover the cost of replacing equipment, the young people’s work is irreplaceable.
Damage done to the council-owned building during the break-in will be repaired by Suffolk County Council.
A spokesman from Suffolk Police said: “The estimated cost of the equipment stolen during the burglary is around £3,500 but worse than that is how many young people who use the youth centre have been upset by the incident.
“We are working hard to try and identify who is responsible and are appealing for anyone with information to contact us immediately.”
n Anyone with any information about the incident should contact Pc Amy Yeldham at the Needham Market safer neighbourhood team on 01473 613500.