Charity shop hit for second time

Date published: 11 August 2014

CALLOUS thieves ransacked a charity shop and left with jewellery, clothes and petty cash — the second time the store has been raided in two months.

They took the £10 float from the till at Pennine Pen, Hathershaw, and swiped a charity collection box.

The Ashton Road shop raises money for the near-by Pennine Pen Animal Rescue, Honeywell Lane.

Devastated store manager Karen Dissington discovered the break-in when she arrived to open up. The burglary meant the store had to remain closed while the damage was repaired. Mrs Dissington believes the thieves removed a brick from the back wall and used it to break through the rear door of the property.

She said: “This is the second time this has happened now in such a short space of time. I just thought ‘oh no, not again’.

“I came in and everything was all over the place. I just can’t believe anyone would do this to a charity shop.

“They had turned everything upside down. They ripped opened bags of donations and boxes. They also took clothes and a charity box. I can’t believe it.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800-555 111.
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