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Charity cafe bus destroyed by thugs

 

The Lifegate Community Cafe will need to fundraise for a new minibus, which is used to shuttle older members of the community to events

A charity cafe’s minibus is facing the scrap after being subjected to a horrendous attack by vandals.

The Lifegate Community Cafe’s Transit van was parked in a secure car park when it was targeted by thugs over the weekend.

Windows were smashed, bodywork was seriously damaged and a trail of blood was left at the scene.

The minibus wasn’t insured as it had been taken off the road as a result of Covid-19, and the charity has said it will now have to fundraise to replace the bus.

Debbie Findlay, who runs the Dundee café, told STV News: “We are disappointed for the elderly who use this transport to attend our tea dances.

“We have up to 70 elderly attendees and a lot rely on transportation. We also use the minibus for our youth group.

“It took a lot of fundraising to buy the minibus, so I guess we will have to begin again.

“We have never experienced anything like this before. We don’t have the funds to replace or fix it, so we will fundraise.”

Police Scotland confirmed a 21-year-old man has been charged in connection with the incident and a report will be prepared for the procurator fiscal.

 

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