Birmingham news Crime-hit animal sanctuary gets huge security boost MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Five animals were stolen from enclosures at Sedgley's Brockswood Animal Sanctuary while it was closed during the coronavirus crisis
Breaking News ! A crime-hit animal sanctuary has been forced to step up security after being repeatedly targeted by cruel thieves during lockdown. Five animals were stolen from enclosures at Brockswood Animal Sanctuary in Sedgley while it was closed during the coronavirus crisis. People had also broke in to illegally fish in the ponds. The callous incidents followed an arson attack in September 2019, which also forced the not-for-profit sanctuary - which cares for 218 animals - to close temporarily. Arson attack at Brockswood Animal Sanctuary View gallery Due to losing a huge chunk of income during the pandemic, the sanctuary could not afford to boost their security measures - but when Dudley PCSO Kelly White heard about their plight, she was determined to help. The officer contacted West Midlands Police's crime prevention team who were able to enlist the help of several Dudley-based businesses. Mesh fencing, padlocks and CCTV cameras have all been donated by security companies and social media marketing firm OMG - with goods and services totalling more than £7,000. Several security firms based in the local area have donated goods and services (Image: WMP) As a result, gaps in the fence line have been plugged and the main gates, paddocks and outbuildings have high security padlocks in place.
. Neil Swann, of Brockswood Animal Sanctuary, said: “I’m really impressed with the police as they’ve managed to secure us a lot of help at no cost to the charity or West Midlands Police - the support from them has been amazing. “But most of all I’m blown away by the generosity of people living in Dudley and the companies that have donated their products and services. Sadly it’s a level of security that no animal sanctuary should need, but we are relieved now that we have one less thing to worry about."
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Inspector Pete Sandhu added: “We’re proud to have helped Brockswood Animal Sanctuary; they’re a valued community asset providing local families with access to animals that they otherwise might not see. “The new security measures will undoubtedly prevent further incidents, but the tangible benefits don’t stop there. The kindness of everyone involved has helped to secure the future of the sanctuary for years to come, which is fantastic news for everyone in Dudley and the Black Country.”
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