Charlotte Harris with one of the owl chicks (1) (1)

Burglars stole vital equipment and furniture in a raid on Cheshire Wildlife Trust’s headquarters at Bickley Hall Farm.

Staff and volunteers were shocked to discover the raid thought to have happened overnight Friday-Saturday July 27-28.

It’s believed offenders used a large vehicle as they broke in made off with a number of big pieces of equipment.

The trust has joined Cheshire Police in appealing for witnesses to the incident which happened near Malpas.

Charlotte Harris (pictured), chief executive of the trust, said: “Cheshire Police have been very helpful in supporting us with the robbery.

“They have gathered evidence from the site including examining for fingerprints in areas where the break-in took place.

“Many of the items taken were for our new project of creating furniture and accessories from recycled wood, as well as vital equipment used in our conservation and meadow restoration work.

“It is really disheartening for the Trust and all our dedicated volunteers that their work will suffer as a result of these losses.

“Not to be defeated the ‘Create for Nature’ volunteers who meet regularly on Mondays are carrying on with what they can, and the conservation team are pulling together to find work-arounds until the equipment can be replaced.”

The trust feels that this was likely to be a planned attack, as a large vehicle was required to steal and transport the larger pieces of equipment.

If anyone has information or saw anything suspicious, contact Cheshire Police by calling 101.

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