Thieves in the UK have stolen a talking penguin bin from the Bourne Outdoor Pool. The bin, worth about £450, was taken from the pool on the Abbey Lawn on Friday night.

The pool is an official charity and relies on donations and fundraising to stay open. The bins, which are popular with the young users of the pool because of their novelty factor, were bought with money donated by the Rotary Club of Bourne.

Chairman of the Bourne United Pools trustees Mandy Delaine-Smith said: “It is just unbelievable, I think it is sick.”

Mrs Delaine-Smith believes it would have required a number of “strong” people to move the heavy 4-5ft bins over the barbwire fencing which surrounds the wall of the pool and to carry it away.

Mrs Delaine-Smith said: “We just want to get the word out because not everyone knows about the pool and has seen the bins. It could just be sat in a garden somewhere.”

Police are appealing for anyone with information about the crime or who has seen the black and white penguin bin with a blue base, to contact them.

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