Thieves target Sheffield dementia home for the second time since pandemic began
For the second time in just over a year, thieves have robbed and damaged the dementia garden at a Sheffield care home.
The safe and secure garden at Housteads care home in Richmond Park Grove - one of the 10 sites operated across the city by charity Sheffcare - was first targeted last summer when theives stole a greenhouse, seating and plant pots and also caused considerable damage after breaking through fencing to gain access and smashing lighting.
Now they have returned, again breaking through the fence to steal a cantilever umbrella that provided shade for residents living with dementia.
“To say we are shocked and disappointed is a massive understatement,” said Housteads manager Adele Marples.
“It was just over a year ago that we were targeted the first time and since then we were able to restore this very important safe space.
“Now, just when our residents are finally able to enjoy it again after 12 months of isolation, somebody comes along and steals from us.
“It wasn’t an easy thing to do - they actually had to go to the trouble of pulling out brickwork and then unbolting the umbrella, which is a heavy piece of equipment.
“The really sad thing is that it was bought for us with donations that were made by the public after the last theft.
“I am angered and saddened that during such a difficult time for us all, someone feels this is acceptable behaviour.
“Our dementia residents have once again been deprived of an area that gave them great peace and security.
“I really do hope that the people who thought this was the right thing to do enjoy sitting in the shade with their stolen umbrella, knowing that they have robbed some of the most vulnerable people in society.”
The Housteads theft comes only two days after another Sheffcare home - Springwood in Shirecliffe, was also targeted by thieves who stole a memorial bench and bird table placed in the garden by relatives as a tribute to loved ones
If you know anything about this incident you can contact police by calling 101.