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Burglaries at community centre an 'ongoing problem' - police

Police have admitted that the growing number of break-ins at a community centre is an “ongoing problem”.

Workington Oval Centre photo
The Oval Centre

The latest burglary comes after a manager at Impact Housing, which runs the Oval Centre in Salterbeck, Workington, warned that the centre may have to close if the damage and thefts continued.

In June, damage was inflicted on the building that Impact estimated could cost them up to £10,000.

New locks were fitted and a new alarm system was installed.

But the centre was broken into again between 3pm on Sunday and 9pm on Monday before a grey safe was stolen from inside.

A police spokesman said: “There was a safe stolen, although there was very little cash in it. It’s an ongoing problem and we need to find out who is doing it.”

Last month Phil Davies, social enterprise manager for Impact Housing, said that damage and burglaries threaten the long-term viability of the centre.

There were incidents of criminal damage and theft in April and June of this year, and others in 2012.

Impact Housing took over the centre in October 2012 because the previous management team were faced by financial pressures.

Call Cumbria police on 101 or Crimestoppers 0800 55111.

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