Scrap metal thieves take kids’ swing from Portsmouth garden

UNHAPPY Beryl Davis, left, with her grandson Jake Davis Brown and manager of the Community Spirit shop Lorraine Taynton.   Picture: Sarah Standing (113434-6893)

UNHAPPY Beryl Davis, left, with her grandson Jake Davis Brown and manager of the Community Spirit shop Lorraine Taynton. Picture: Sarah Standing (113434-6893)

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NAN Beryl Davis has been left angry after scrap metal thieves took a children’s swing from her front garden.

The 70-year-old had planned to donate grandson Jake’s swing to Community Spirit in Copnor Road, Copnor, as he has outgrown it.

But it was stolen from outside the front of her home in Locarno Road, Copnor, before she had a chance.

Beryl had laid the frame flat on the ground, out of view of passers-by, and then headed straight to the community hub to ask someone to collect it.

When she returned two hours later, she discovered the metal frame had disappeared – but the plastic bucket seat was still on her doorstep.

It was only when she took the seat into the shop, thinking the organisation had forgotten it, that Beryl realised she had become the latest victim in a spate of metal thefts.

The grandmother said: ‘I was absolutely devastated when I realised what had happened.

‘I thought I was doing a good turn by donating it and now I feel like that’s been taken away from me.

‘Jake and my granddaughter Shazia both used it when they were younger and they had so much fun in it, but they’re too big for it now.

‘We all got a lot of enjoyment out of the swing and that’s why I wanted to pass it on to another family.’

Police confirmed they are treating the incident as a metal theft, and said there has been a rise in similar thefts across the area as the price of metal has increased.

Lorraine Taynton, founder of Community Spirit, said: ‘The amount of times I hear about this sort of thing happening is getting ridiculous.

‘That swing could’ve benefited a family on a low income but now it’s not benefiting anyone except the thieves and I’m so annoyed about that.

‘This shop is all about putting things back into the community at a low cost, and people have been asking me for garden toys ever since we opened.

‘And the first chance I have to give them something like that, it gets pinched.’

As well as selling donated goods, the organisation runs free community classes and workshops, from cross stitch to growing vegetables in the shop’s back garden.

The theft took place some time between 10.30am and 12.30pm on Monday, September 26. Call police on 101 if you can help.

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