Second blow for Skegness museum after thieves strike

A broken window where thieves entered the The Village Church Farm  in Skegness. ANL-160308-163909001
A broken window where thieves entered the The Village Church Farm in Skegness. ANL-160308-163909001

Volunteers at a museum in Skegness are devastated after thieves ransacked the premises - only weeks after the building was damaged by lightning.

The break-in was discovered by Trevor Monaghan, manager at The Village Church Farm, when he opened up on Tuesday.

Mess left by thieves at the The Village Church Farm  in Skegness. ANL-160308-163853001

Mess left by thieves at the The Village Church Farm in Skegness. ANL-160308-163853001

Glass in the door had been smashed and items had been thrown all over the floor.

Kellie North, assistant manager, said among the items stolen from the freezer were cakes for today’s meeting of the WI. A 40-inch TV loaned to them by a volunteer was also among the haul, as well as the contents of donation boxes.

It is believed thieves entered the building some time between Sunday evening and Tuesday morning.

The blow comes only weeks after a freak storm brought the ceiling of the front room of 18th century farmhouse crashing down.

She said: “We are all devastated. We are still looking at a bill of £2,000 for the ceiling and now this. Sometimes you wonder if it is worth it, but it is.

“We’ve already had a lot of support. Paul Martin of the shop at the railway station has offered to pay for a new door and we’ve had some other donations. We just need to keep them coming in.”

Volunteers will be out at the weekend at the Back In Time family fun day event being held in Tower Gardens on Saturday. The Village Church Farm Museum will be showing exhibits from the Medieval era to 1940’s.

Anyone with information should call police on 101.