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article imageThieves steal toys from playgroup

By Lynn Curwin     Feb 9, 2011 in Crime
Bulwell - Thieves made off with a large metal container filled with toys and other equipment belonging to a playgroup in the UK on Tuesday.
The Bulwell Community Toy Library used the container, which is about six metres (20 feet) long, to store items for the Pulley Park Project.
The 16-year-old son of one of the play workers was heading to school in the morning when he spotted the large blue container being moved and called his mother.
"The police think the container may have been stolen for its scrap metal value so it would be great to get all our toys back," states a message on the Bulwell Toy Library website. "They’re of no value to the thieves surely, but they’re worth a great deal to us and to the children who use them."
About £2,000 worth of equipment had been stored inside the receptacle.
"It had craft materials, tables and chairs, bikes, tents, even a go-kart made by the children themselves," Steve Parkinson, project manager, told the Nottingham Post.
"The project has been running for three years and it's well known in the community what it does. We are out there every week."
The project regularly ran on Saturdays and some weekday evenings.
As well as being used for storage, the container sometimes served as a play space.
"It's huge - this is why we never actually considered the possibility of the whole thing being stolen," Parkinson told the BBC. "We had lots of padlocks on it but that didn't make any difference because they just took the lot.
"We paid about £1,300 just for the container and getting it here. We filled it with over £2,000 worth of equipment over the years we've being running but apparently the value of the metal itself is probably the reason it was stolen so our toys and equipment will probably be dumped somewhere."
Another playgroup from Nottingham has offered to lend toys and equipment and play sessions at Pulley Park are still running.
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