WOULD-BE thieves who ran off after being disturbed while trying to remove roof tiles from a popular Totton arts centre are being hunted by police.
The culprits were slammed by bosses of the Hanger Farm Arts Centre, who added the site was already “in the middle of a difficult year” because the lockdown has stopped it putting on shows since March and the prospect of live performances in the coming months was “looking remote”.
The incident took place at the centre – which receives no government funding and is reliant on the income from its visitors, café and events – and an adjoining tennis facility at around 9.15pm on 30th June.
In a statement the venue said: “This is a particular disappointment for the community in Totton, where the centre is a local hub, providing a café, accessible shows and a venue for local groups as well as weddings and conferences.
“Despite these difficult circumstances, the arts centre is proving its resilience by running a virtual stage online showcasing local performers. It is also pushing on with developing its plans to run cinema showings later in the year, when it is safe to do so.”
A Hampshire police spokesman said: “Two youths were seen attempting to steal roof tiles and lead from the roofs of both the arts centre and the tennis centre, causing significant damage, but were disturbed by members of the public. The suspects subsequently made off on foot, empty handed.”
Those with information should call 101, quoting 44200239912.