Help for Sheffield charity after theft

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A community transport scheme has stepped in to help after thugs smashed up a Sheffield charity’s minibus and stole the sliding doors.

Volunteers and staff at the St Wilfrid’s Centre for homeless and vulnerable people, on Queens Road, Highfield, were horrified to find their vehicle had been ransacked by thieves last week.

The intruders had scaled a yard wall to smash up the minibus and steal the doors – leaving the charity with no way of taking its service users on trips or to tend its allotmnents.

Now Manor Community Transport, which provides a service for elderly people has stepped in, and offered to help take a group from St Wilfrid’s to a residential trip this weekend.

Kevin Bradley, of St Wilfrid’s, said they had ‘come to the rescue.’

He said: “We are indebted to them for their help. The cost of repairs to the minibus is more than £3,000 to replace the stolen sliding door and, although this will be done on insurance, the cost of our premium will rocket this year.”

Police are investigating the theft. Witnesses, or anyone with information, should contact police on 101 quoting crime reference number K/18126/2015.