An educational centre in Norfolk has told how it might not be able to purchase catering equipment it needs following a break-in at the premises where it runs courses for the local community.
Engage Norfolk in King’s Lynn had hoped to spend money on new catering items to help it provide cooking classes for people who attend the centre.
But it now faces the prospect of having to abandon those plans in order to divert its financial resources elsewhere.
Staff arrived at the centre last week to find it had been ransacked by thieves who had scaled a six foot fence and broken into the building.
Laptops, computers and speakers were stolen and documents and materials were left strewn across the floor. The centre now faces bills of more than £1,000 to replace the stolen equipment and improve security at the site.
Leslie McCabe, a co-ordinator at Engage Norfolk, told the Lynn News that the costs it is set to incur could prevent it from buying kitchen equipment for the cookery classes.
“We will certainly have to postpone plans for new equipment. This is going to take money away from where it is needed,” she commented.
The centre helps people of all ages and abilities to learn a variety of skills and raises awareness of different conditions.