callous thieves target elderly

Another local councillor, Jim Young, visits the stricken Methil hall (picture by Walter Neilson).
Another local councillor, Jim Young, visits the stricken Methil hall (picture by Walter Neilson).
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DAMAGE and disruption have been wreaked on the community by pitiless vandals.

Thieves broke into the Memorial Park Neighbourhood Centre in Methil at the weekend and, according to one resident, “completely trashed the place”.

The culprits stole electronic bingo equipment, including an illuminated board and PA system, used by many of the elderly groups which visit for a game of bingo.

A vacuum cleaner was also taken, while damage was caused to cupboards, filing cabinets and the office area.

Those responsible were condemned for hurting their own community and causing inconvenience to a lot of people, with the visits to Wellesley Road very valuable to many user groups.

Staff discovered the break-in when they arrived on Monday and reported it to police around 9.20 a.m.

Councillors, who hold surgeries at the hall, hoped the intruders would be found and the items recovered.

Cllr Andrew Rodger said those who ran the hall “worked damned hard” to keep it going and he hoped Fife Council could offer them some support.

Cllr John O’Brien added: “It’s really disgusting that people can target community halls when they provide a good service.”

A Police Scotland spokesman confirmed the premises in Wellesley Road were broken into overnight on Sunday and a number of items stolen.

Anyone with information was asked to ring 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.