AN ELDERLY allotment owner says he was “sickened” to discover his allotment shed had been burgled and over £650 of goods stolen.
And since the break-in 82-year-old Fred Brown says he has not been back inside the shed at his allotment in Chester Road, Hartlepool, which he has owned for the last eight years.
Married Fred, a dad-of-two and grandad-of-eight, said he went on his daily visit to the allotment and found the padlock broken off his ransacked shed.
The crooks had made off with a Mountfield electric start lawn mower, a Ryobi strimmer, a Caterpillar strimmer, a battery-powered hedge cutter, and a hoe.
Today retired Tioxide worker Fred, also a pigeon fancier, said: “It sickens me that they could steal things from an 82-year-old man.
“I’m too old to be dealing with stuff like this. I have to go to the allotment every day to care for my pigeons but I haven’t been back inside that shed.
“When I walk up to it and I look through the window and all my things have gone I just turn away from it. It’s quite sad really.”
He added: “I used to love going to the allotment. I wouldn’t say it keeps me fit but it gets me out the house you know.
“I went up on the Saturday morning and found the break-in and I have to be honest I was gutted. It’s destroyed my faith.”
A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said: “Between 11am on Friday, August 30, and 10.30am on Saturday, August 31, a burglary took place at the Chester Road allotments. “The suspects entered the allotment and removed a padlock from the shed.
“Once inside the shed they have removed a lawnmower valued at £400, two strimmers, and a hedgecutter. The suspects then left the scene.”
She added: “Anyone who has any information about the crime or who is offered the items for sale then they should contact Pc Andrew Cartwright on 101 or Crimestoppers on (0800) 555111.”