Thieves deprive nursery children of new play toys

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A nursery is recovering from the ‘heart-wrenching’ news that it had hundreds of pounds worth of play equipment stolen over the weekend.

Two scooters and three tricycles, all red Winther models valued at around £80 each, were taken from a locked shed at Ixworth Play and Learn Centre between 6pm on Friday and 8am on Monday.

The equipment had been newly purchased as part of a volunteer-led project, which had transformed the centre’s outside play area using a £9,000 grant from the DHL UK Foundation, the charitable arm of DHL.

Project manager Carla Oldfield, from DHL in Stanton, which arranged the funding, said the actions of thieves had ‘tarnished’ the hard work of volunteers, just as plans for an official opening were being discussed.

She said: “We’ve battled all that rotten weather and there’s been a lot of hours invested. It’s really disheartening because the setting is actually a registered charity.”

Sandra Lyth, acting play manager at the centre, said: “It’s just heart-wrenching to see that where we had a lot of equipment, we’ve now only got about five to share between 24 children a day.”

Anyone with information about the thefts should contact Pc Jonathan Burke on 101.