A community radio station in Buckinghamshire has had its transmitter and transmitting equipment stolen.
Marlow FM says almost £8,000 worth of gear was taken on Wednesday evening, putting the station off-air overnight. But after borrowing temporary equipment the station was back on-air within 24 hours. Burglars forced their way into its transmitter site in a field.
Neighbouring station Wycombe Sound has offered to trace down the kit, which station founder Tim Ashburner says was probably stolen by pirates. He told Bucks Free Press: “We’re devastated that certain people will rip off valuable community projects like MFM. We try hard to serve our community and it pains us when we get targeted in this way.
“The cost of replacement is nearly equivalent to our entire years operating costs.”
Two years ago the station was operating 14 inches below the waterline of the River Thames, after being flooded just before Christmas 2012.
Marlow FM covers Marlow and the surrounding area, including parts of High Wycombe, Loudwater, Flackwell Heath, Bourne End, Cookham and Hurley.