Upon learning the recent news that a major Community Project in the Cornish village of Lanner has been targeted by thieves, the whole community has emphatically condemned the thefts. The Chairman of the Lanner and District Silver Band, Lee Rouse, explained that, “The band has almost completed building a state of the art facility for the pursuit of musical excellence. We were so dismayed to learn that we had been targeted by thieves who caused about £800 damage and stole items that were going to be installed in the building. We were overwhelmed by the messages of support that we received, the whole village seems to have taken the issue personally, and, in many ways they are right to feel that it is them that are the victims of this crime as much as the band.”
Project Manager, Richard Rowe, added, “We’ve not only received messages of support, a local businessman Julian Lobb of Aardvark Installation Services was so affronted when he heard the news that he has donated a state of the art CCTV system which was installed this weekend. We have taken advice from law enforcement specialists. The CCTV, together with additional security measures that have been suggested makes the building far less attractive to thieves. However, should our measures not deter these criminals, the steps we have taken will massively increase the prospects of very prompt detection and establishing high quality evidence that will help the police investigation that will inevitably follow and identify those responsible.”
In addition to the donation of the CCTV system, security advice and messages of support, the band were also given details of a vehicle seen speeding away from the area at about 11:30 on the night of the break in (8 April 2013) which have been passed to the police.
If anyone has any further information which may assist with the identification and prosecution of the offenders, please can they either report them to police using crime reference AC131292 or pass their information to any member of the band.