A WIRRAL charity dedicated to supporting those with autism say they refuse to be defeated after their garden centre was targeted by burglars for the third time in six weeks.

Lex Freeman, manager of Bromborough Pool Garden Centre – run by Autism Together, the former Wirral Autistic Society – said he is devastated after the site was broken into again last Monday, traumatising the vulnerable people who work there.

The community project, which offers work placements for 17 people with autism at a time, has had thousands of pounds of cash and equipment stolen in the night-time raids, which has also left staff feeling demoralised.

Lex said: “This is unbelievable. We’ve had weeks of disruption. Al we want is for normal life to resume.

“At this time of year we are supposed to be focussing on Christmas. Instead, we’re boarding up windows and installing extra security.

“We refuse to be defeated by the thieves but it is starting to feel as if this will never end.

Garden equipment was destroyed, office furniture trashed and a safe was ripped off the wall in the shocking overnight raids which have left many of those who work at the staff feeling anxious.

Robin Bush, chief executive of Autism Together, said: “Our insurers will help cover the cost of equipment stolen and members of the public and local organisations have been incredibly kind to us, raising money to replace the cash we’ve had stolen.

“What makes us frustrated and upset is that these continual raids are destroying the peace of mind of the people with autism that we care for.

“Our organisation exists to provide the best quality of life possible for vulnerable people. They deserve the opportunity to contribute to their local community and they take immense pride in the work they do.”

Robin added: “If the thieves could see the awful anxiety they’re causing to entirely innocent people then surely they’d stop and reconsider their actions.”

Established in 1992, Bromborough Pool Garden Centre - formerly Raby Hall Garden Centre - provides opportunities for adults with autism as part of Autism Together.

• Anyone with information about the break-ins should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.