HEARTLESS thieves have stolen £750 of equipment being used to rebuild a scout hut devastated by fire.
Intruders broke into a building next to the Saltney Ferry Scout Hut on Tuesday night and took equipment used for compacting new road surfaces.
The thieves wheeled off the vibrating ‘whacker’ machine in a wheelbarrow – also stolen from the scene in Bradshaw Avenue.
The ‘wacker’ was being used as part of work to replace the Scout hut, which was destroyed by fire last year.
Scout chairman Chris Massey took on the role of group chairman just days before the former Scout hut went on up in flames in June last year.
He was shocked to learn of the theft. “I know a lot of people get broken in to but we are a charity,” he said.
“When we volunteer you think what is the point if someone is going to come along an do that.”
Saltney councillor Richard Lloyd, a former Scout himself, was “unhappy” that anyone would disrupt “such a good cause”.
He said: “I noticed the building had been broken into.
“The last year has been very difficult for the Scout group following the fire but they are carrying on with everything and won’t be beaten.
“It’s sad someone would do something like this to the Scouts – an organisation that helps people in the community.”
The equipment had been borrowed to aid the laying of a new car park on the site and was being stored in the garage while the work was taking place.
Construction of the new hut began three months ago. It will provide a base for up to 150 cubs, Scouts, Beavers and Brownies.
“It’s full steam ahead now. We hope the building will be ready to hold the kids Christmas party,” added Mr Massey.
“We have been allowed the use of the community centre which has been a great help and Brynmau Estates have also found us space to use.
“There is a long list of people we could thank as long as your arm.”