A holistic therapist has had to put her not-for-profit community meditation group on hold after a vital piece of equipment was stolen from her business premises in Colne.
Claire Parry (42) discovered a Dr Dre White beatbox speaker had been stolen from her unit in The Arcade, Market Street, on Tuesday.
It is believed offenders forced their way into The Natural Therapy Centre between noon and 5pm on Saturday and took the speaker, which was on loan and is used during the Exhale Mindfulness Meditation Group. Police have now been informed.
Claire, who lives in Barnoldswick, said: “I want people to be aware of the item in case they get offered it, and to make it difficult for anybody to get rid of it.
“I went in on Tuesday and thought it was strange, because just before the room there is a curtain - I had pulled this back on Thursday when I locked up and left, and when I went in [on Tuesday] it had been pulled across.
“As soon as I looked over, I knew the equipment had gone. I usually take it home, but I was working late on the Thursday, it was Bank Holiday and I was tired and I just went. The draw had been pulled out and ransacked as well, but there was nothing of value in there.
“I record my meditations and play it all through the equipment for the little community group I run for the people of Colne.
“I had to replace the equipment and it cost me £299, so I can’t afford to replace it again, and the group will have to stop for now. The group runs every other Thursday - it is full and I started it to give something back to the community. It is a really good little group, which helps people manage stress, and for 15 to 20 minutes after everyone stops for a drink and to swop ideas.”
Claire has also reminded residents that the area is covered by CCTV.
She will be keeping everybody updated on when her community group will reopen via her “The Natural Therapy Centre” Facebook page.
Her business is open as usual.