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Thieves who stole heating oil from children's unit are despicable: MLA

By Jonathan Bell

Thieves who took heating oil from a special care unit that provides respite care for disabled children and their parents have been branded despicable.

Around 1,500 litres of heating oil worth about £1,000 was taken from the Whitehaven Respite Unit in Whitehead over the new year. It was only discovered when the facility reopened on Monday.

"They must have known what the home was, they must have known what they were taking, they can't have known the very real distress and disruption caused to disabled children," Roy Beggs MLA said.

Staff said five children were set to stay the night and when they were told they couldn't some became very distressed.

Mr Beggs added: "Theft is wrong, but it is all the more despicable when it's from a home which provides such a vital service for disabled children."

Police are investigating and urged the public to ensure home heating oil tanks were secure.

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