Archery fun wrecked by cruel thieves

David Wilkie (picture by George McLuskie)
David Wilkie (picture by George McLuskie)

Thieves brought sadness, disappointment and misery raining down last week on adult visitors to the Robert Gough Centre in Leven.

Raiders broke in to a storage container at the well-known community support facility and stole a range of expensive archery equipment, as well as gardening tools.

The mean-spirited theft meant the service users at Aithernie Road, many of whom have physical or learning disabilities, were deprived of their twice-weekly archery practice, a sport they particulary enjoy.

Some of the clients were said to be in tears when they turned up at the centre last Wednesday, only to find the heartless thieves had struck.

It’s thought the archery apparatus and associated tools taken were valued at around £600-£800, while a strimmer and petrol mower, thought to be worth around £550 in total, were also stolen.

The padlock to the storage building was split and a set of boltcutters found lying nearby after the culprits struck last Tuesday night.

The centre users were said to be “gutted” and very upset at having to miss their Thursday and Friday afternoon archery sessions.

Parents hit out at the disruption to their routine and the fact they’d been robbed of the pleasure the sport gave them.

David Wilkie, of Leven, whose 33-year-old son Michael is one of the archers, said: “It’s a mean, mean thing to do. My boy is really upset about it.

“It really rankles that they can take what little these people have away just for the sake of getting a few quid.”

Mr Wilkie, an archery enthusiast himself, who helped with coaching at the centre, said they had nothing now to practise with for their trophy events and competitions, in which they often performed very well. He appealed to anyone who could donate archery equipment to do so and help the centre.