Callous thieves stole a £10,000 quad bike after breaking into a disabled riding school’s premises.

Police officers were called out to the South Buckinghamshire Riding for the Disabled Association, in Fulmer, on Sunday (January 13) after thieves broke into the Framewood Road premises just before midnight.

Centre manager Helen Burt told the Bucks Free Press it was the third time the Framewood Road-based charity had been broken into, with thieves not managing to take anything the first two times.

She said: “They were trying to take the quad bike and, unfortunately, they got it this time.

“They cut through the paddock fencing, which means our horses could have been able to get out onto the main road, and caused a whole lot of damage.

“We have as much security as possible out here, including CCTV, but the problem is you can’t identify them as you can’t see their faces. But we think it’s the same three people each time.”

The charity fundraises for all its equipment, so the theft of the red Honda Foreman bike, which Ms Burt said was worth around £10,000, came as a blow.

She added: “People spent a lot of time to raise money for the equipment here.

“The quad bike is really vital, we need it on a daily basis. We use it to maintain the paddock. Without it we are pretty stuck.”

Ms Burt said the charity, which works with riders who have various disabilities including learning difficulties, cerebral palsy, spina bifida and paraplegia among others, will now have to ramp up its security, taking vital funds away from its work.

She added: “It’s sad that we have to go to those extremes to stop someone from taking our own property.”

Police said no arrests have been made yet and are asking anyone with information to call 101 quoting reference 43190013036.