Updated: Tuesday, 23rd July 2019 @ 3:52pm

Manchester City legend Paul Lake hits out at thieves who raid Stockport kids charity base

Manchester City legend Paul Lake hits out at thieves who raid Stockport kids charity base

By Andrew Greaves

Manchester City legend Paul Lake has spoken of his disgust after thieves trashed a trampoline club for disabled children in Stockport.

The Jump Space charity, in Edgeley, has been targeted four times since it opened its doors a year ago.

A group of trustees – including patron Mr Lake – turned up for a meeting yesterday morning to discover thousands of pounds worth of damage.

The raiders ripped a special access door off its hinges, damaged equipment and stole around £100 from a safe.

Mr Lake, whose son Edward uses the centre, said:  “It is a big blow for us because this is not the first time we have been targeted.

“I think people must think we are a soft target because we cannot afford state-of-the-art security measures.

“This is a very inclusive charity for all children but we do have a lot of disabled kids who come down.

“We had turned up for our first meeting of the new year to discuss fund-raising ideas but we now find ourselves having to raise money to pay for the damage rather than new equipment.

“I would never condone people breaking in to other places but we are charity which caters for children so you would hope that we wouldn’t get targeted.”

Mr Lake says the charity – which caters for children with physical and mental disabilities – will now look at raising money for increased security measures.

The former Maine Road star, whose wife Joanne is a trustee of the charity, added: "Obviously if anyone knows anything or has heard anything then I urge them to come forward and contact police.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 5902 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.