Scouts devastated as vital equipment stolen

Essex County Standard: Scouts devastated as vital equipment stolen Scouts devastated as vital equipment stolen

Callous thieves stole thousands of pounds of equipment from Colchester Scouts and almost ruined their yearly camping trip.

Margaret Stickland arrived at the 9th Colchester Scouts’ shipping container on Wednesday to discover the padlock had been smashed off and eight tents and all their cooking equipment had been stolen- which was worth at least £5,000.

She had been due to take 40 cubs, aged between eight and 10, on their annual outdoor camping trip this weekend and says it is only thanks to the generosity of other scout groups and well wishers that it can go ahead.

She said: “It was just devastating, I walked in and my heart just sank, there was a great big empty space where all the equipment should have been.

“They had cleared us out of all our cooking utensils, I just don’t understand the thought behind that, we haven’t even got a wooden spoon left."

Anyone who can help with equipment or a new home for the lock is asked to email paul.stickland@ntlworld.com

See today's paper for the full story. 

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3:03pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Jack222 says...

Why are all thieves 'callous' on this website; can we just reportage without the emotional overtone? Especially as the writer needs a Thesaurus...
Why are all thieves 'callous' on this website; can we just reportage without the emotional overtone? Especially as the writer needs a Thesaurus... Jack222
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5:31pm Fri 6 Jun 14

johnnyanger says...

So Jack222 how would you want them described?

Newspapers are not meant to present news without emotional overtone, they provide news and opinion on events. A bland nothing report on everything would bore everyone to death. In this case it seems fine to call them callous, especially in an article about a charity that has been robbed and is now in need of help. The story wants to make people help them, thus I think it's use of language is legitimate
So Jack222 how would you want them described? Newspapers are not meant to present news without emotional overtone, they provide news and opinion on events. A bland nothing report on everything would bore everyone to death. In this case it seems fine to call them callous, especially in an article about a charity that has been robbed and is now in need of help. The story wants to make people help them, thus I think it's use of language is legitimate johnnyanger
  • Score: 9

9:35pm Fri 6 Jun 14

jut1972 says...

Jack222 wrote:
Why are all thieves 'callous' on this website; can we just reportage without the emotional overtone? Especially as the writer needs a Thesaurus...
Is this your only comment? How about sympathy for the kids?

Idiot
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Why are all thieves 'callous' on this website; can we just reportage without the emotional overtone? Especially as the writer needs a Thesaurus...[/p][/quote]Is this your only comment? How about sympathy for the kids? Idiot jut1972
  • Score: 4

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