The theft of a generator from an air cadet squadron will have a “massive impact” on the group, its leader has said.

Thieves broke into the base of 511 Ramsey Squadron overnight between last Wednesday and the following morning, removing a large generator thought to be worth more than £500.

The squadron is based off Redebourne Lane, in Bury, at RAF Upwood.

Helen Roseman, flight lieutenant for 511 Ramsey Squadron, said the generator was regularly used by the group and that it could take months to get it replaced.

She said: “The generator is used for all our squadron activities, when we go camping and right throughout the summer. It will have a massive impact on us, especially if we can't have it replaced.

“Even if we can claim through insurance, our premium will go up and, as a charity, it is difficult for us. It could take months and months before it gets resolved.”

Flt Lt Roseman said that, as well as the cost of the generator, the squadron, which has 35 cadets, would also have to pay out for a new locks and containers, both of which were smashed by intruders during the raid.

Flt Lt Roseman said: “The generator has the words Air Cadets Ramsey written on the top so it is quite recognisable, we hope to get it back.”

Anyone with information about the incident should contact Cambridgeshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.