Appeal: Burglary, Outwood Memorial Hall, Wakefield

Friday, 15 February 2019

Police in Wakefield are appealing for information and have pledged to hold a public meeting following a break-in at a community facility branded as ‘despicable’ by senior officers.

The Wakefield Central Neighbourhood Policing Team would like to speak to anyone who has information about a burglary at the Outwood Memorial Hall which took place between Christmas Eve and December 27.

High value computer, audio and TV equipment was taken in the incident during which the property was also vandalised, causing understandable anger in the local Outwood community.

Some of the stolen property was discovered in black bin bags in Annie Street, Wakefield yesterday by members of the public.

Officers have been liaising with committee members at the hall regarding improving security and the offence remains under investigation.

Inspector Helen Brear of the Wakefield North NPT, said: “The break-in and vandalism at the Outwood Memorial Hall was a frankly despicable act against a community facility and it has quite rightly caused real outrage.

“Property has now been recovered and I will be seeking to speak with the committee at the Memorial Hall and arrange a public meeting regarding what has taken place and police enquiries so far.

“I would appeal to anyone who has information about the break-in or who may have heard rumour of persons responsible for the break-in and vandalism to contact us.

“Also, anyone who has information about property being abandoned in Annie Street, Wakefield between February 12 and 13 to get in touch.

“Information can be given to the Wakefield Central NPT on 101 or anonymously to the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.”

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