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APPEAL: Attempted break-in at local charity

VIA Veterans in Action Andover Cars

Thieves targeted a local charity at the weekend.

Two men in a small silver car were disturbed as they tried to access the Veterans in Action premises at Redenham Park on Friday night around 11.45pm.

Charity CEO Billy McLeod is asking for anyone with information to get in contact. He says, “I was working in my office doing some video editing and heard a huge crunch.

“I shouted out and heard someone scampering away.  Then saw two guys walking towards a small silver which I have a partial number plate for, V704…

“We think it was a silver Citroen Saxo or a Peugeot 206.

“When I shouted they drove off, did a U-turn, then tried to run me over.”

The two men broke into two doors at the charity’s workshop.  “Their backs were toward me as they walked away” adds Billy. “Then the car’s headlights were in my eyes as they drove toward me, so I didn’t get a look at their faces.”

Former Royal Engineer Billy thinks they may have been after the charity’s vehicles which have been prominent on Andover’s roads during lockdown as the charity has been providing an essential collection and delivery service for the Andover Isolation Help Group.  Alternatively, they may have been trying to steal tools from the workshop. 

Billy believes that the thieves may be local to Andover.

The only thing the charity believes is missing is an impact wrench.  The charity asks if you are offered an impact wrench, or saw anything late on Friday night to contact the Police or phone the charity on 01264 771658.

VIA is a well-respected local charity for its work in helping military veterans adjust to civilian life, particularly those who suffer Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

The charity has since improved their site with more CCTV and security devices.  However, they are seeking a local company who may be willing to assist them with increased lighting for their premises. 

Again, if anyone can help the veterans’ charity, they are asked to call 01264 771658.


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David Harber

David Harber is the founder and Managing Director of Love Andover, including the Love Andover Observer newspaper and 95.9FM Andover Radio. He is a fellow at the Royal Society of Arts and a card carrying member of the Nation Union of Journalists.