STAFF of a charity returned to work after the bank holiday weekend to find they had been targeted yet again by thieves and vandals.

Members of Groundwork North Wales - a charity which specialises in social, economic, environmental and cultural projects across North Wales - were devastated to discover once again that their site in Plas Power Road, Tanyfron, had been targeted for the fourth time in under two months.

A spokesman for the charity said the first incident took place on July 8, with further incidents on August 9, August 14 and then Monday (August 27).

According to Groundwork North Wales, the incidents have all followed a similar pattern; locks broken with bolt cutters, doors vandalised to gain entry, contents rifled through and strewn around, with electrical equipment and power tools stolen.

Each time the charity has taken additional measures to tighten security at their site including the expense of hiring an onsite security guard, with nothing seeming to deter them.

Lorna Crawshaw, head of programmes and partnerships for Groundwork North Wales, said: "We have been repeatedly targeted by thieves and vandals at our site here in Tanyfron.

"The incidents have ranged from stealing tools, digital and electrical equipment to the mindless destruction of the educational classroom here on site where we deliver some of our projects.

"The ongoing impact such events have on a charity like us are far reaching, affecting all areas of the work we undertake in the Wrexham community and further afield across North Wales."

Paul Furnborough, reserves development officer for wild ground (a subsidiary charity of Groundwork North Wales), has expressed that their regular volunteers are extremely upset by these sad events.

He said: "Our regular Monday and Thursday volunteers who gain a positive and rewarding experience from volunteering with us have expressed how extremely upsetting it is that the site in Tanyfron has been the victim of persistent, senseless vandalism and disruption.”

A spokesman for the organisation added: "Groundwork North Wales works hard on limited budgets to support disadvantaged communities in Wrexham and across North Wales.

"Having to constantly replace and repair damage has a negative impact and takes its toll on the work we are undertaking to assist those who need us most.

"Further measures have again had to be put in place to prevent this happening and Groundwork North Wales are appealing for information from the local community on the incidents.

"If anyone has any information on the break ins, please call North Wales Police on 101."