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Devastating loss for RSPB as community team van is destroyed as busy summer starts

A van identical to the one that was stolen and destroyed at the weekend
Áine Quinn

A WILDLIFE conservation charity has said that the theft and arson of their community team van at the weekend is a “devastating” loss at the start of a busy summer period.

Joanne Sherwood, director of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Northern Ireland, highlighted that the theft and destruction of the van in east Belfast could not have come at a busier time.

"We’re at the start of the busy summer period when our community outreach team should be out and about attending events and festivals across Northern Ireland with advice on how to give nature a home," she said.

"This is a real set back to the team who are now be working hard to get back up and running while we deal with insurance claims and finding a replacement as soon as possible."

The RSPB is appealing for anyone who may have seen the white and blue branded Vauxhall Combi Van on Saturday or Sunday, to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 301 of July 1 2018.

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