Sad that this has happened and the work of so many dedicated people has been targeted.
When I lived on that side of town there were a lot of selfish acts targeting community groups - the spiral staircase from the old substation was stolen (presumably for scrap) WHILE the volunteers were restoring it. Some a-hole must have had inside information before breaking in - heartbreaking for the people who were working on it and a piece of history lost forever.
The preservation side of Newport shops was also a constant target for thieves before they put the new fencing up - basins and luggage racks were their favourite thing to make off with. There's no words to describe how low an act it is to steal from volunteer organisations, it really makes me angry.