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Sea Cadets call for help after £1,200 worth of equipment stolen

PUBLISHED: 12:00 01 September 2016 | UPDATED: 17:11 01 September 2016

The Sea Cadets' home on Magpie Hall Lane

The Sea Cadets' home on Magpie Hall Lane

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The unit has been left 'devastated' by the theft of vital equipment

Bromley Sea Cadets has had equipment worth £1,200 stolen after being targeted by criminals for the second time in just six months.

Over the Bank Holiday weekend, thieves broke into two new metal sheds and made off with gardening equipment that is vital for the maintenance of its outdoor spaces, which are used for activities such as camping and first aid training.

The unit recently replaced the sheds, lawnmowers and strimmers after they were damaged in arson attack in February this year.

It is now urging the local community for security equipment donations such as CCTV, LED floodlights, barbed wire and fencing to prevent further criminal activity.

Lieutenant (SCC) Bill Collier RMR, Commanding Officer at Bromley Sea Cadets, said: “We are devastated at this latest theft, especially as we have just recovered from the arson attack earlier in the year.

“We will just have to do stuff indoors for the time being. Some classes will have to be cancelled.

“Our biggest worry at the moment is for the veterans group, which shares the site. They meet twice a month, but they will not be able to get to the veterans hut.

“We would be delighted if local businesses can donate gardening or security equipment so the volunteers at this unit can continue the important task of delivering life changing experiences for local young people.”

Bromley Sea Cadets, which was founded in 1941 and celebrated its 75th birthday this year, has helped thousands of young people in the borough to learn nautical skills.

If you would like to donate gardening or security equipment, contact details are available at www.sea-cadets.org/bromley

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