Community rallies round after tuck shop theft

MCCI Charlie's Plot members Ross Simpson (15), Emily Alexander (14), Jayson  McDonald (10), Malisa Beveridge (13) and Callum Braid (14) with the donations from members of the public. Picture by George McLuskie.
MCCI Charlie's Plot members Ross Simpson (15), Emily Alexander (14), Jayson McDonald (10), Malisa Beveridge (13) and Callum Braid (14) with the donations from members of the public. Picture by George McLuskie.

A children’s group in Methilhill has said a huge ‘thank you’ to the community after it rallied round following a break-in.

Methilhill Community Children’s Initiative (MCCI) was targeted by youths on Friday night when its boot shed, which contained all of the newly-purchased tuck for the new term, was ransacked and around £100 worth stolen.

But, after hearing the bad news, the community donated sweet treats to replace the tuck that was taken – and money to help buy even more.

Shirley Faichney, who helped to set up the group, said: “We had a rehearsal for our upcoming talent show when a neighbour spotted four young boys jumping the wall.

“We thought they might have been trying to steal the equipment from one of the cars but, when we came back, we realised they had been into the boot shed and stolen the tuck.”

The children pay 50p each week which is put towards tuck at the start of a new term, so the shed was full of goodies at the time.

“It’s quite sad – these were only young boys which the project is actually aimed at helping,’’ said Shirley. ‘‘We would just like to identify them to show this was wrong.”

Shirley said the group has been overwhelmed by the support of the community.

“It has really showed the best and the worst of Methilhill. People have been fantastic, popping in with bits of tuck and money to help us out.”

The incident happened sometime between 4.30pm and 6.50pm on Friday, and police are appealing to anyone who has any relevant information to contact them on 101.