Theft leaves Soldiers, Sailors & Airmen’s Families Association £1,200 out of pocket

Nikki Carroll and Andy Kissack, of Haworth 1940s Weekend, with four of the no-parking cones returned, leaving more than 150 still missing

Nikki Carroll and Andy Kissack, of Haworth 1940s Weekend, with four of the no-parking cones returned, leaving more than 150 still missing Buy this photo

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Thieves stole more than £1,200 worth of traffic cones during this year’s Haworth 1940s Weekend.

Main Street trader, Nikki Carroll, said a handful of the cones had since been returned.

But she warned if the dozens still missing are not recovered, the cost of their loss will eat into the sum raised for charity.

The popular event, held earlier this month, was raising cash for the Soldiers, Sailors & Airmen’s Families Association (SSAFA), which had also taken the lead in organising the successful venture.

Mrs Carroll, who was one of the local organisers, said 161 traffic cones had been taken – a quarter of the total deployed to help control traffic during the weekend.

“On Saturday morning, when I opened my shop, there were four cones sat in front of the door,” she added. “But that leaves many more still missing.

“This is very disappointing. Every penny raised from the 1940s Weekend is in aid of SSAFA, offering lifelong support for our forces and their families – £1,200 would have provided so much to those in need.

“Each cone costs £7.50. They’re supplied to us free by a company in Retford called Traffic Management Services.

“They’ve been supplying them for the 1940s Weekend for the past few years as a goodwill gesture. But if so many have been lost, the cost will come out of SSAFA’s pocket.

“Every year we’re always a few cones down, but nothing like this.”

She said people who spot any of the cones should return them to the car park outside Bridgehouse Mills.

A Traffic Management Services spokesman stressed the firm did not blame the 1940s Weekend organisers for the missing cones, but added the business would still need to recover its costs.

She said: “We’ve tried to do something to help a charity, but because people have taken these cones, it will end up costing that charity, which isn’t fair.”

l What do you think? E-mail richard.parker@keighleynews.co.uk or write to The Editor, Keighley News, 80-86 North Street, Keighley BD21 3AG.

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8:22pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Mixter says...

Supplied free or not, £7.50 for a cone is having a laugh. Given this company will be buying them wholesale, they cant be paying above a couple of quid a go for these cones. Lets have a bit of right on the invoicing!
Supplied free or not, £7.50 for a cone is having a laugh. Given this company will be buying them wholesale, they cant be paying above a couple of quid a go for these cones. Lets have a bit of right on the invoicing! Mixter
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8:27pm Mon 2 Jun 14

piper56 says...

however much they cost this has taken the edge of a fantastic weekend apart from being ripped off in the blackbull and the fleece on the price of a pint perhaps they should get dick turpin to open the event next year
however much they cost this has taken the edge of a fantastic weekend apart from being ripped off in the blackbull and the fleece on the price of a pint perhaps they should get dick turpin to open the event next year piper56
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12:45pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Behind_the_8-Ball says...

To paraphrase the Partridge... "They should've read the small-print on the cone-tract"
To paraphrase the Partridge... "They should've read the small-print on the cone-tract" Behind_the_8-Ball
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3:20pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Mixter says...

piper56 wrote:
however much they cost this has taken the edge of a fantastic weekend apart from being ripped off in the blackbull and the fleece on the price of a pint perhaps they should get dick turpin to open the event next year
You dont drink in Haworth much then?

We have been paying Tourist Prices in these pubs for years now.

I'll tell you what took the edge off it for me. All the overflowing rubbish bins.

I appreciate there would have had to have been feasability studies, mission statements drawn up, and health and safety training., but surely it wasnt beyond the bounds to have a couple of blokes and a wagon going round emptying these on a regular basis.

Seeing all the crap piled around the bases made it obvious that a decent gust of wind would have spread it all over the village making it a hell of a lot harder to clear. Then again, maybe the first bit of this was the plan anyway. Less to shift overall.
[quote][p][bold]piper56[/bold] wrote: however much they cost this has taken the edge of a fantastic weekend apart from being ripped off in the blackbull and the fleece on the price of a pint perhaps they should get dick turpin to open the event next year[/p][/quote]You dont drink in Haworth much then? We have been paying Tourist Prices in these pubs for years now. I'll tell you what took the edge off it for me. All the overflowing rubbish bins. I appreciate there would have had to have been feasability studies, mission statements drawn up, and health and safety training., but surely it wasnt beyond the bounds to have a couple of blokes and a wagon going round emptying these on a regular basis. Seeing all the crap piled around the bases made it obvious that a decent gust of wind would have spread it all over the village making it a hell of a lot harder to clear. Then again, maybe the first bit of this was the plan anyway. Less to shift overall. Mixter
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