harlington hospice pond
A CHARITY hospice has been left reeling after a heartless thief stole valuable fish from its popular new pond.
The culprit is thought to have gained access to Harlington Hospice’s garden in St Peter’s Way, Harlington, late on August 31 or early the following morning, and took around 20 of the largest koi carp fish thought to be worth a combined £1,000.
The charity’s chief officer Val Stangoe said: “The pond had been a great hit with patients using the hospice who enjoyed sitting by the pool watching them swim around.
“Now only the smallest of the fish are left. The thieves must have had a net, and some of the stones around the waterfall have been damaged so they must have had a bit of a struggle to catch the fish.
“It’s so disheartening to set up a lovely place only to have something like this happen.”
The discovery of the theft was made on September 1 by Clifford Simpson, who voluntarily cleans the pond and checks its equipment each weekend.
He built the pond at the same time his brother Duncan constructed the hospice’s Reg Hopkins Day Centre, which opened in May, and the two donated the fish to fill the pond.
Harlington Hospice’s admin manager Katherine Underwood said: “Cliff is incensed by the whole thing. It is just really mean, and sad, because the centre hasn’t been open long, and the pond was a bit of a showpiece.
“I just can’t understand why someone would do this. A few weeks ago, someone came and pulled out some newly-planted geraniums, so you can see who we are dealing with.”
The matter is now being investigated by police and anyone with information about the theft can call Hillingdon Police on 101.