Stoke & Staffordshire

Staffordshire nature centre flooded in burglary

A nature centre for disabled people in Staffordshire has been flooded after thieves stole copper piping.

The Combined Handicapped and Disabled Society (CHADS) headquarters at Four Seasons Nature Centre in Kings Bromley Lane, Handsacre, was broken into.

The building's copper water tank was stolen some time between 20:30 BST on 26 August and 09:50 BST on 27 August.

Copper piping from the central heating system and feeder tanks was also stripped, leading to flooding.

'Major setback'

Derek Silverwood, the charity's chairman, said the damage would cost between £5,000 and £10,000 to repair.

He said the centre was used by physically and mentally disabled people to access nature.

PC Alison Lewis said: "This burglary has come as a major setback for CHADS.

"The centre is situated off the A513, which is a fairly busy route. We are appealing for anyone who saw people or vehicles acting suspiciously near the centre on Friday night."

She said witnesses should ring Staffordshire Police or Crimestoppers where information could be passed on anonymously.

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