Charity rocked by cruel theft

Autism Rocks (Fife) founder Liza Quin at the Buckhaven lock-ups (picture by George McLuskie)
Autism Rocks (Fife) founder Liza Quin at the Buckhaven lock-ups (picture by George McLuskie)
  • Break-in
  • Items stolen
  • Group disrupted

A charity which helps people with communication problems and learning difficulties has been left dismayed by a cruel break-in and theft.

Autism Rocks Fife is counting the loss to its activities – as well as the cost – after two sound-activated stage lights were stolen during a break-in at lock-ups in Buckhaven.

It’s been very frustrating.

Liza Quin

The group was founded locally last year by Methil mum Liza Quin, who has publicised the theft through Facebook and appealed for any information leading to the lights’ return.

The lights themselves, worth around £600, are virtually irreplaceable – they were gifted to Autism Rocks (Fife) by Winter Wonderland in Edinburgh.

Liza and her colleagues had hoped to surprise the group members by unveiling them at a family day, to help illustrate the group’s activities and promote other fund-gathering and awareness-raising events.

The committee had other items, such as soft play equipment, but was reluctant to store other items there because the Fife Council-owned building in Randolph Court was no longer secure.

“The lock itself was totally ripped apart and the group is concerned about putting other stuff in,” said Liza. “It’s been very frustrating.”

Autism Rocks Fife is hoping to provide a purpose-built centre in Levenmouth for the benefit of people who have autism, and their families, enabling them to interact with their peers and learn new skills.

They hope the centre will have such features as a sensory room, areas for music and arts, and suitable indoor and outdoor play areas.

The group has fund-raising events arranged for October and November, including a fire walk on October 8.

A Police Scotland spokesman told the Mail: “Police in Fife received a report of a break-in to three lock-ups in Randolph Court, Buckhaven, that occurred overnight between last Monday, and Tuesday, September 14-15.

“Two sound-activated stage lights, with an estimated value of £600, were stolen.

“Anyone with information which can help with the ongoing inquiry is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”