Theft, vandalism plagues playground shed

DISGUSTED: Wainui Lion Dave Berry is not a happy man after the club’s storage shed at the Adventure Playground, which stores their popular train, was broken into again. Picture by Liam Clayton

It’s another blow and heartbreak for Wainui Lions.

For the third time in a year, The Adventure Playground shed that stores the Wainui Lions train has been burgled.

“When you’re busting your guts to help the community, to see this is so frustrating,’’ said Wainui Lions board member Dave Berry.

The good news is that the train suffered no structural damage.

The wiring that services the train’s speakers has been ripped out.

The train’s tool box now only holds “one crummy hammer” and iPods for the train’s music have been stolen.

Club records, going back five or six years, showing who drove the train when and how much money was raised, are missing.

The barbecue has been damaged.

“But we won’t know to what extent until we fire it up,” said Mr Berry.

Large Wainui Lions signs that fold and have eyelets would make great shelter, he said.

But it is possible they were not being kept in the shed at the time of the break-in.

Mr Berry described most of the damage as being of nuisance value.

“We won’t know what is really missing until everything is checked.”

The break-in was discovered yesterday.

“I was pretty pissed off,’’ said Mr Berry.

Because the train was not used on Sunday because of wet weather, it is possible burglars broke in earlier.

Mr Berry believes the culprits were after the prizes for Wainui Lions’ annual beach dig.

The shed doors are secured with industrial locks. Large bolt cutters must have been used.

Last Christmas burglars stole prizes including bicycles and ride-on electric cars.

This year prizes were kept at another location.

The adjourning Lions Junior Cycle Park is due for completion on December 23.

Following that project, electricity will be connected to the train shed and a security alarm system will be installed.

It’s another blow and heartbreak for Wainui Lions.

For the third time in a year, The Adventure Playground shed that stores the Wainui Lions train has been burgled.

“When you’re busting your guts to help the community, to see this is so frustrating,’’ said Wainui Lions board member Dave Berry.

The good news is that the train suffered no structural damage.

The wiring that services the train’s speakers has been ripped out.

The train’s tool box now only holds “one crummy hammer” and iPods for the train’s music have been stolen.

Club records, going back five or six years, showing who drove the train when and how much money was raised, are missing.

The barbecue has been damaged.

“But we won’t know to what extent until we fire it up,” said Mr Berry.

Large Wainui Lions signs that fold and have eyelets would make great shelter, he said.

But it is possible they were not being kept in the shed at the time of the break-in.

Mr Berry described most of the damage as being of nuisance value.

“We won’t know what is really missing until everything is checked.”

The break-in was discovered yesterday.

“I was pretty pissed off,’’ said Mr Berry.

Because the train was not used on Sunday because of wet weather, it is possible burglars broke in earlier.

Mr Berry believes the culprits were after the prizes for Wainui Lions’ annual beach dig.

The shed doors are secured with industrial locks. Large bolt cutters must have been used.

Last Christmas burglars stole prizes including bicycles and ride-on electric cars.

This year prizes were kept at another location.

The adjourning Lions Junior Cycle Park is due for completion on December 23.

Following that project, electricity will be connected to the train shed and a security alarm system will be installed.

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