CRUEL thieves targeted disabled people by stealing a bench from an allotment.
Clients of the Willow Garden Project worked long hours on the solid wooden seat for their allotment at Fleetwood Cricket Club.
But hearts were broken when they discovered someone had stolen their labour of love.
Project trustee Pamela Laird said: “Everyone has been devastated by this.
“Our volunteers and service users have been working hard finishing it off and have been rubbing it down – they have spent hours and hours on it.
“It was six feet long and weighed an absolute ton.
“It would have taken three or four people to carry it so it’s obviously been carted off in a van – they can’t just have walked off with it.
“It wasn’t like any other bench you can get. It was very distinctive so if anyone sees it they will be able to recognise it.
“It was almost finished and we were going to carve names on the back of those who had worked on it.”
Another trustee, Paula Ireland, said it had been intended to make the bench the centrepiece of the project.
She added: “We hid it behind some bushes because we thought it would be out of sight, but someone has clearly spotted it.”
The Willow Garden Project was launched at the beginning of the year and has already made great strides since then.
The group has recently gained a £10,000 grant from the Health Lottery to enable them to build a cabin.
The project also has won money from a national newspaper to enable development of their growing area to the rear of the cricket club pavilion.
The projects goal is for those with physical or mental disabilities to benefit from outdoor activity.
Those with information should call police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555111 or at www.crimestoppers-uk.org