World Horse Welfare (WHW) has been broken into for the second time in six months and thousands of pounds worth of farm equipment taken from its rescue and rehoming centre.
The thieves cut through heavy locks and two sets of chains to access a barn at Glenda Spooner Farm in Somerset. They then stole a haul of expensive and essential maintenance gear, which included two strimmers, a ride-on mower, a pressure washer, electric fencer units and a leaf blower.
After the theft in March staff has already tightened up security but in light of this second burglary WHW are looking at investing in an expensive CCTV and alarm system.
Luckily none of the staff or horses at the centre were harmed during the raid and the farm manager, Claire Phillips, said that the horses will remain unaffected as they still have everything they need to care for them well.
“The biggest impact will be that the farm will look messy and untidy at the height of our busiest season for visitors,” she said. “This is so disappointing as we take great pride in the high standards at our farms. I hope our visitors will understand.”