‘Huge setback’ after burglars strike at Pod

NK Outreach manager Victoria Chapman with the vandalised Pod bus. Photo: 0503SB-4
NK Outreach manager Victoria Chapman with the vandalised Pod bus. Photo: 0503SB-4

THIEVES have stolen thousands of pounds worth of equipment from a children’s play bus, depriving villages in the area of a community facility.

North Kesteven District Council’s The Pod play bus was broken into and burgled last week, meaning that its scheduled visits to communities including Wilsford, Metheringham and Cranwell in the coming weeks have had to been cancelled.

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, October 2, thieves broke into the locked yard at the NK Centre in North Hykeham where The Pod was being stored, forced open the back door, broke a window and stole three laptops, a PlayStation, a Nintendo Wii and several games, as well as ransacking the vehicle.

All equipment on the Pod was security marked, which may help to trace its location.

NKDC Leisure Contract Manager Mike Lock said; “This is a huge setback for The Pod. It had a planned full programme of events around the district, now of which three weeks will be cancelled due to the bus being repaired. A number of children will miss out and be affected by this. It is very disappointing indeed.”

The Pod is a mobile play centre, operated by NKDC’s leisure service provider Leisure Connection, and travels to rural villages offering interactive activities, sports and arts and crafts.

The cancelled dates will be rescheduled soon and NKDC hopes that the bus, which has been moved to another location, will be back on the road by the end of the month.

Coun Susan Waring, executive board member for leisure said: “It is the children of this district that are being deprived of these facilities. They have been great supporters of the programme; it is such a shame that someone would do this.”

If anyone has any information about the incident, call Lincolnshire Police on 101, quoting Incident Number 45 of October 2.