Sandwell Valley Farm play equipment stolen

Donkey play equipment The play equipment was hand carved in Germany

Play equipment which was due to be installed in a new play area in the West Midlands has been stolen.

West Midlands Police said the items were taken from Sandwell Valley Farm, in West Bromwich.

A spokeswoman said the offenders forced access to a paddock and removed a bumble bee spring see-saw and a donkey on 9 May.

She said the figures, hand carved in wood and imported from Germany, had a value of more than £2,500.

Workmen are due to start construction on the site at the end of May.

Pc Rob Pritchard said: "This is a particularly callous crime, as the equipment is for the benefit of all local children.

"The items are unique, so will be difficult to sell on or dispose of. We would like to appeal to the public for any information which may result in the recovery of the equipment."

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