Money stolen from residents’ association in Robotham Close, Newbold

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A VOLUNTEER committee who organise social events for older people in Newbold are ‘absolutely gutted’ after realising £700 worth of funds have been stolen.

The Newbold Residents’ Association for Robotham Close discovered the funds were missing on Monday morning.

Treasurer Andy Pigg said: “We are absolutely gutted.”

Members of the residents’ association believe the money was stolen sometime between Thursday morning last week (November 29) and Monday morning this week.

The funds were taken from inside tins in a storage cupboard within the committee room in Robotham Close which is used by the association.

Mr Pigg said: “Whoever took the money knew exactly what they were looking for and where to look for it.”

The residents’ association was set up to organise a number of social events for the residents of the sheltered housing complex, which is home to several people aged around 60 to 95.

Committee funds pay for things such as bingo nights, Christmas parties, lunches and shopping trips.

The £700 that has been stolen will mean residents may have to miss out on such events.

Mr Pigg said: “We organise lots of events for the residents. Just last week we went on a shopping trip.

“We wish that someone had seen it being taken. We want to make people aware that this is happening. We reported it to the police but they weren’t interested in taking finger prints which is unbelievable.”

Mr Pigg said that he and other committee members are now considering stepping down from the residents’ association.

He said: “We all work really hard for the people around her and this is how we are rewarded. It’s very upsetting and we are gutted. It feels like we’ve been kicked in the teeth.

Witnesses or anyone with information about the theft can call police on 101.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.