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Thieves target addiction charity

Project Colt manager Paul Brannigan and director Mary Spencer in the recycling depot where thieves broke in and stole �3,000 worth of tools

Project Colt manager Paul Brannigan and director Mary Spencer in the recycling depot where thieves broke in and stole �3,000 worth of tools

An Elland charity that helps people to overcome drink and drug addictions has had the tools it was planning to use in a recovery course stolen.

Thieves broke into Project Colt’s recycling depot through barbed wire in a Friday night burglary.

They stole a reported £3,000 of tools, including drills, saws, power tools and scaffolding, which had been purchased to set up a new furniture restoration programme to help with the rehabilitation of men and women overcoming drink and drug addictions.

The thieves then used the tools they had stolen to break their way out of a steel door.

Project Colt director Mary Spencer said: “It’s sickening. It’s tough enough operating as a small charity - we have enough on without this.”

Project Colt aims to rehabilitate people who have suffered with addictions back into employment and society.

Mrs Spencer said the theft will hinder the work they do and cost them financially in higher insurance premium rates.

Project Colt’s manager Paul Brannigan said: “If people take stuff from us they are helping someone put a needle in their arm and stopping us from doing the work we do to stop people with addictions from injecting or drinking.”

Mary and Paul are now seeking the help of the public and will offer a reward for information securing a conviction.

Police said the burglary occurred between 4pm on April 4 and 8am the following morning. Officers are now carrying out enquiries.

PC Lisa McDonald said: “I would ask that any witnesses or anyone with information to call police on 101.”

 
 
 

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