Shed raid prompts early retirement

TOOLS and a golf buggie have been stolen from a campsite, forcing the maintenance man to reconsider his job

A MAINTENANCE man at Sand Bay Holiday Village is considering giving up his job after his tools and golf buggy were stolen.

Around £1,400 worth of equipment was taken from a shed on the site after thieves broke in on September 2.

Colin Grubham used the golf buggy to get around the campsite, in Beach Road, and had built up his collection of tools over a 10 year period.

The 65-year-old said: "It's soul destroying to know I've worked so hard over the years and now I have nothing to show for it. I was due to retire soon but I may as well give up the job now."

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His partner, 49-year-old Trifa Gibbins, said: "I'm so angry that someone could be so inconsiderate. I have two sons that have served in Iraq and it just shows the difference in peoples' attitudes towards others."

The couple, who live in staff accommodation outside the camp, are offering a £500 reward to anyone who can give them information which leads to the recovery of the stolen items.

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Tapes from campsite security cameras have not been watched back since the incident because the couple do not have the correct equipment to do so.

Colin said: "The police seemed very reluctant to help us at first. They have eventually said they will view the tapes for us but did say they didn't think it would help because there was no camera on the actual shed the items were stolen from.

"The people that stole the buggy must have had some sort of vehicle to transport it on, which would be easy to spot on any of the other site cameras."

Colin has been offered £200 from the campsite to buy new tools, but he said that meant he would not be able to take them with him once he left the job.

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