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Cottingley Community Centre hit by fourth theft in three years

Ali Gilfillan pictured outside Cottingley Community Centre.

Ali Gilfillan pictured outside Cottingley Community Centre.

A community centre has fallen victim to thieves for the fourth time in three years.

Yobs ransacked Cottingley Community Centre and stole thousands of pounds of computer equipment and cash.

Volunteers from Cottingley Youth Project, who run after-school clubs for youngsters in the area, hit out at the thugs who targeted the centre.

They claim youngsters have been unable to finish their work because the computers have been taken.

Vicky Atkins, who is the local minister, has pledged to continue her service in the community centre at the weekend.

She said: “People from the church and community work very hard to support the youth project.

“It is very sad that a few selfish individuals try to undermine the good work by causing a lot of damage and stealing essential resources.

“We will be able to worship on Sunday and we won’t let this stop our work with young people.”

Youth project worker Ali Gilfillan said just eight hours following the break-in youngsters at the centre were told they could not use the computers to finish their work.

He said: “The break-in had an instant effect on our work. Young people were hugely disappointed not to be able to use computers to complete their work.

“There was a real air of injustice. This attack of the centre has hit the heart of the community.”

Work is under way to repair the damage and volunteers are urging people with information about the break-in on November 21 to call West Yorkshire Police on 101.

 

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