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Halesowen Age Concern burgled again after urinating yobs attack
2:25pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
35ageconcern1M: Ross Hickton from Hickton Funeral Directors, James Morris MP, Cllr Ken Turner with Mayor Alan Finch and Mayoress Heather Finch at Age Concern
VANDALISING burglars have struck again at Halesowen Age Concern centre after staff and volunteers worked around the clock to reopen after yobs smashed up the place last week.
Local businesses answered the call to help the stricken centre after the break in last Monday but this time vandals were thwarted by new security measures and stole tools from the shed instead.
The Green Lane centre was set to be closed for a week after yobs smashed doors, furniture and the CCTV system but was back open for business on Thursday.
Director of Halesowen Age Concern Hayley Green and Cradley South Councillor Ken Turner said: “Everyone at the centre worked like stink to get the place re-opened before the end of the week to cause the least amount of problems for our elderly clients.
"We could not believe there was another break in again on Monday in which they targeted the shed after being unable to get into the building. Because of this latest incident we now have a ring of CCTV around the whole place.”
The Mayor of Dudley Councillor Alan Finch, the Mayoress Heather Finch and James Morris MP attended a dinner yesterday, Wednesday, to say thank you to everyone who helped get the centre back on its feet.
Cllr Turner said: “We were impressed and delighted by the local businesses who rallied round and helped our clients and was delighted the Mayor of Dudley came to thank everyone involved.”
Halesowen and Rowley Regis MP James Morris said: "I wanted to come along and thank the staff and volunteers who have worked so hard so that the centre could reopen.
"Having visited Halesowen Age Concern a number of times, I know just how valuable it is to all of the people who use the centre.
"It has been a fantastic effort to get it back up and running so quickly."
Central Alarms in Halesowen ensured the centre was secure by fitting new alarms and locks and Hickton Funeral Directors also helped to ensure the centre was up and running.
As well as smashing the centre, which caters for over 40 pensioners a day, the yobs stole food and cutlery and urinated over the remaining food.
Police are still appealing for information about the attack and anyone with information is urged to phone 101.
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