NINETEEN laptops have been stolen from Bailiff Bridge Community Centre.
The net books, a small laptop, belonging to Pinnacle, a group that works in conjunction with the JobCentre to help people back into work, were stolen during a break-in at the centre last Wednesday evening at around 10.12pm.
It is thought the thieves broke into the Silkstone Suite through one of the patio doors before breaking through two internal doors and into the room used by Pinnacle.
Steph Turton, service delivery manager for Pinnacle, said: “Unfortunately we were closed on Thursday and Friday and until we get replacements we won’t be having job search sessions.
“This means people won’t be able to apply for jobs until we get replacements and this won’t be until we receive the insurance. And this might take some time to sort out. It will hinder people being able to apply for employment between now and then.
“We did notify most people about having to close but when a couple did show up and we explained what had happened they were upset about the fact that they couldn’t do what they needed to do and upset about the fact that they have got to know us at Pinnacle as trying to help them and someone has done this.
“A lot of them have built up relationships with others that come here. Most of them don’t have access to the internet and don’t have a laptop and need our help and support.”
Chair of Bailiff Bridge Community Association, Malcolm Silkstone, who worked tirelessly to provide the centre for the last 25 years said he was upset about the break in.
“We were all very saddened and sick by what had happened. We all put so much hard work and effort into the centre.
“The damage that has been done to our building, we are going to have to pick up and the cost of that won’t be cheap. We feel sorry for the impact it has had on Pinnacle.
“It was nice the way our group went in there to support each other and thank you to the police who are very supportive and helpful.”
A spokeswoman for West Yorkshire Police said that inquiries were ongoing.
Anyone with any information should contact police on 101.