Stevenage company helps volunteers after Letchworth strimmer theft

The strimmer was stolen from a shed in Letchworth GC

The strimmer was stolen from a shed in Letchworth GC - Credit: Archant

A STRIMMER used by volunteers to transform vulnerable people’s gardens has been replaced free of charge after thieves stole the original.

Plastic manufacturing company TP Extrusions in Stevenage have come to the rescue of the North Hertfordshire Centre for Voluntary Service’s Time Bank team after a petrol strimmer was stolen from a locked up shed in Letchworth GC last month.

The shed was subsequently emptied of all garden equipment – used by volunteers who contribute their time to help the vulnerable – but thieves returned a week later and stole the shed itself.

The stolen strimmer has now been replaced with a brand new model donated by TP Excursions, based in Caxton Way.

Nicki Handscombe from Time Bank said: “It was such a shock to discover that our strimmer had been stolen as it was our most important piece of equipment. The support from Graham Winterbone, the director of TP Extrusions, has been fantastic and the garden team are looking forward to using it to bring new life to our members’ gardens in their upcoming garden makeovers.”

To volunteer for Time Bank call 01462 689405 or visit