Thieves steal banner from Norwich’s Hamlet Centre

Charity bosses have been left dumbfounded after thieves stole an event banner over the Easter weekend.

The banner, pictured, advertising the Hamlet Centre Trust's spring fair, was cut off and stolen from the fence outside the charity's children's centre near the Chapelfield roundabout.

Julia Snow, from the charity, said: 'I cannot believe someone would steal a banner that advertises a fundraising event for a local charity that helps children with disabilities.

'We now cannot afford another banner, but we need many people to come to the event – and the banner was perfect for advertising in such a prominent location.

'Someone will have this banner rolled up at home, or maybe they have thrown it away. Our whole charity is very disappointed, it is such a senseless act that really hurts us and our fundraising efforts.'

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The Hamlet Centre Trust, which this year celebrates its 40th anniversary, supports children and adults with disabilities.

It will be holding its Spring Fair at its new �1.3m children's centre in Johnson Place, off Vauxhall Street, on Saturday, April 28, from 2pm to 5pm. It will include face painting, refreshments and stalls selling plants, home accessories, arts and crafts.

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Anyone who knows any information about the theft or the banner's whereabouts should call police on 101.

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