Devastating break-in at centre for adults with Learning Disabilities

Adults with Learning Disabilities and members of staff have been left devastated after a day centre in Glastonbury was ransacked by burglars.

Intruders targeted the Beckery Centre on two occasions over the weekend of 10 October, cutting wires to the alarms, breaking windows and doors, pulling cupboards off hinges, and turning the reception upside down.

It is thought the burglars were disturbed by security staff on the Saturday and escaped out the back. They then returned the following night, taking food from the snack shop and stealing a television worth around £500.

They also took a second TV, a small safe, six digital cameras from the centre’s Camera Club and a box of drinks, although these items were later recovered.

The users of the centre are angry – asking why people should come and take their things. They are also worried the burglars may return and take more of their activity resources.

One service user looked at the empty TV table and said: “They are not very nice people, I hope they don’t come back.”


Beckery Centre service users Ryan and Carreg pictured with the empty TV table.

Cllr William Wallace, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for People with Learning Disabilities, said: “These intruders should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves for carrying out a truly despicable act.

“They have broken into a centre which provides a vital service for people with Learning Disabilities; they have stolen equipment which is used every day; they have smashed the place up – and if that’s not bad enough they’ve even had the audacity to eat snacks from the tuck shop.

“If anyone has any information about this appalling crime then please contact the police as soon as possible so we can bring these people to justice.”

Inspector Mark Nicholson, Neighbourhood Policing Manager, said: “I would appeal to the public to get in touch with us if they have any information about this burglary. The thieves have taken things that make a huge difference to the people who use this facility and have caused a lot of damage, at a time where resources and budgets are tight.

“Please give myself or a member of the local policing team a call on 101 if you have any information and quote crime reference number 5215016231. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call.”