A TRACTOR and a ride-on lawn mower were stolen from a Ringwood charity which supports more than 70 people with learning disabilities.

Residents and staff at the Lantern Community were shocked by the theft, which took place overnight on Monday.

Over the past six months there have been two break-in where on each occasion more than £2000 worth of gardening equipment has been stolen. The recent incident had the biggest impact as both items were fundraised for by the charity.

Emma Borbely, day services Manager, said:“The tractor and sit on mower are such an essential part of the care of our estate and gardens.

“The activities that take place here support vulnerable adults in being involved in meaningful work and for them this has a big impact and the question, why us ?”

Anyone willing to support fundraising efforts to replace the vehicles should visit lanterncommunity.org.uk