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Anger at rose bush theft and vandalism at day centre

Anger at rose bush theft and vandalism from day centre

Reporter:

Justin Burns

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Anger at rose bush theft and vandalism at day centre
Day centre members Vera Engels and Barbara Butcher

A rose bush to mark the 100th birthday of a day centre member in Old Windsor has been stolen, leaving a 'nasty taste' among members.

Opportunistic thieves pinched it from the rear of the Old Windsor Day Centre sometime from Monday to Friday last week.

Angry manager Julie White said the theft follows on from a number of vandalism acts at the facility over the last few years and is the 'last straw'.

"It is not the value, it is the principle, and what is the point of replacing it as it might get stolen again - it has left a nasty taste in our mouths," she said.

"We are very cross as why should we not have something, and we have also had enough of the vandalism."

The manager of 21 years said the rose bush was sited in a pot on March 27 to commemorate the century milestone of the centre's oldest member, Elizabeth Worsley, of Queen's Close.

She said Mrs Worsley is virtually blind and can only just see it, but was delighted when centre members clubbed together to buy it to mark the occasion.

Mrs White said the centre has been continuously hit by vandals and has had to close a buggy shelter for disabled members to use after it was wrecked so often, while the roof was also damaged.

She said: "It is the last straw and every time we do something to raise money something gets wrecked - we have had enough of it."

The charity-run day centre relies on donations and grants to put on activities and events for elderly community members in Old Windsor.

Police confirmed the theft took place and said anyone with information should call officers on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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