IT IS one of the worst sorts of crime, one where thieves have repeatedly targeted the same victims.
Worse still is that the people these particularly callous raiders have been stealing from are a social enterprise business who help those with health problems.
Taking garden tools and equipment might seem small pickings but they are a lifeline to the group of people at the Holme Valley Gardening Network.
The community based gardening project offers paid employment, work experience and volunteering opportunities to support local adults and families.
Those families get real benefits from working outdoors. Many of them suffer from long term health conditions, mental health conditions and from physical impairments.
Others are on low incomes and the project can provide training and work experience for young people.
It is worthwhile, is hands on and is doing valuable work in the community helping as many as 20 people at a time, twice a week. It can make a real difference to people’s lives.
Now, thanks to thieves who have not just taken whatever they can lay hands on but have been back on a number of occasions clearly targeting the project, the group might well be in jeopardy.
If you can help the police with information to find out who was responsible, call them. Or if you can help with spare gardening equipment, get in touch with the Network.