Thieves Target Farmers39 Market In Kings Heath 2009: Future Farmersrsquo

Thieves target farmers39 market in Kings Heath

The future of a farmers’ market which raises cash for Birmingham charities is in jeopardy after thieves stole equipment worth &pound12,000.
Ten double and ten single wooden stalls, boards, canvases and a trailer used to tow the items were taken from a compound at All Saints Church in Vicarage Road, Kings Heath. Much of the equipment was made by volunteers and donated to the church but only insured for &pound5,000 leaving a &pound7,000 shortfall which the Kings Heath Business Association, organisers of the Kings Heath Farmers’ Market, will need to find to keep the popular monthly event running. Stan Hems, chairman of the association, is so appalled he is offering a &pound1,000 reward to help to trace the stolen goods and the perpetrators. “I was absolutely gutted,” he said. “All proceeds from the markets go to local charities so effectively they’ve stolen from charity. “I can’t believe that anybody could be so callous. We just want the stalls back so we can run the next event. Used during the last market, the goods were taken some time between 5pm on Saturday, February 7, and 6pm the following evening.
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