THIEVES who stole a crop of onions from an allotment in Spalding have been challenged to return them.
The onions, worth around £40, were taken from Spalding Youth Centre’s allotment at Low Fulney.
Now youth support worker Tracy Cuthbert is inviting the thieves to go back to the allotments – either to return the onions or to get involved with next year’s crop.
She said: “The project has seen young people, including disabled youngsters, those in care and those permanently excluded from school, learning to grow fruit and vegetables which are harvested and used for cooking activities at the youth centre.
“The young people were devastated when thieves stole their onion crop from the shed
“This year, having cleared an overgrown area, they have planted a number of crops and tended them with care and diligence.
“They were particularly proud of their large onions which they had learned to string together and had left them in the shed to dry out.”
Volunteer young leader Hannah McGroarty added: “We are all so upset.
“We have worked really hard over the past year and to have all our hard work taken away is just soul destroying.
“We just hope something can be done to resolve this.”
Tracy now wants the thieves to take responsibility for their actions.
She said: “If you are offered some plaited onions or know those who are responsible, please make them aware of the impact of their actions.
“Perhaps the thieves would like to come back to the allotment to return the onions or to work next season to see how much work goes into growing crops.”
l If you know of anyone who can help contact Tracy at Spalding Youth Centre on 01775 722538.