Laptops stolen from Exmouth work club

PUBLISHED: 06:30 29 September 2016

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An Exmouth community group, which helps the unemployed find work, has been targeted by thieves.

Eight laptops, which are used by members of Glenorchy Work Club for job hunting, were taken from an office at Glenorchy Church.

The theft came just a week after the club, which will continue as usual, celebrated its fifth anniversary.

Club committee secretary Peter Brain said: “It will be covered by our insurance, but it’s a nasty thing to happen to people who, for a week or two, won’t be able to do their job hunting as we will only have two or three laptops that some of the volunteers will lend.

“Of course, we shall continue the project and, eventually, replace the laptops, but if the thief is reading this, you should be ashamed.

“It’s not just against the church, it’s against the clients, who are anxious about job prospects. At the moment, it’s a time when the work club numbers go up again as seasonal jobs are finishing.

“It leaves a nasty taste in the mouth.”

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said the incident occurred between 11am on Monday, September 26, and 9.30am on Tuesday, September 27.

Two HP laptops, with gold numbers on top, and six Toshiba laptops, also with gold numbers on top, were taken.

The spokesman said that police were operating under the belief that the laptops were removed while the church was open to the public.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident, or, alternatively, anyone who has had such laptops offered to them for sale, to contact police by calling the non-emergency number 101, or emailing 101@dc.police.uk, quoting crime reference number CR/068480/16.

Glenorchy Work Club was launched in 2011, three years after Exmouth’s job centre closed, to help people apply for jobs and show them how to get access to training.

The club has since had more than 8,000 visits and helped more than 1,000 people to search for work.

The club is open every Thursday, at Glenorchy Church, from 9.15am to 12.15pm.

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