The Geddington Volunteer Fire Brigade’s headquarters and the Scout Troop’s container, both on the Youth Club site on Grafton Road, were the victims of thieves on Monday night and Tuesday morning (20th/21st July).
John Doran, spokesman for the GVFB, said: “Between 9pm Monday night and 10am Tuesday morning, thieves stole vital flood equipment used to protect village homes in Geddington. The property was stolen from the Geddington Volunteer Fire Brigade’s premises on the Grafton Road. In addition, various memorabilia presented to the GVFB over the last 30 years, was also stolen – this has great sentimental value to the GVFB.”
John continued, “Our local Scout Group container, stored on the same site, was also broken into and equipment including tents, a boat and a boat engine were stolen. This callous act seriously affects the livelihood of others and the ability of our young children to explore safe outdoor activities. Both the GVFB and Geddington Scout Group do tremendous voluntary work for the people of Geddington, Newton and Little Oakley, and for numerous members of youth around the local area. So as a community let’s help if we can!”
John’s final plea:
“If you saw a vehicle parked on the road outside the Fire Brigade/Youth Club site on Grafton Road, between 9pm Monday night and 10am Tuesday morning, please email the GVFB with details. ASAP. Any details no matter how small, are welcome.”
NB Details should also be sent to the Northamptonshire Police at: Kettering Rural East Safer Community Team, telephone: 101, or email: SCT-KetteringRural@northants.police.uk, quoting Crime Ref No: NP-19273-15 or Incident No: 234 of 21st July.
The Flood Defence equipment was obtained through Northamptonshire County Council’s Fire & Rescue Service. The F&R Service came to the village last June, with an exhibition of all the flood defence items that were available to communities and to individuals.
May 2015. It was reported that a shed, bought for the purposes of storing the flood equipment, had been stolen.