Charity shop burgled

The BHF furniture charity shop in Pontefract has been hit by theft three times 'Pictured: Tracey Appleyard with PCSO Linda Stanley
The BHF furniture charity shop in Pontefract has been hit by theft three times 'Pictured: Tracey Appleyard with PCSO Linda Stanley
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SHOCKED charity shop bosses say donations are “desperately needed” after a British Heart Foundation shop was hit by thieves three times in one week.

Police are appealing for information after yobs ransacked the Horsefair furniture store – which raises cash for the heart disease charity – during break-ins on Monday January 9, Thursday January 12 and Monday January 16.

On one occasion, thieves swiped cash. In the other burglaries, goods were taken and property damaged.

A BHF spokesman said: “We’re encouraging people to come forward with information on the break-ins and we hope the local community will support the shop in its time of need.

“Last year BHF shops raised over £26 million for the nation’s heart charity, helping thousands of vulnerable heart patients in Pontefract.

“Donations, which are vital to the charity, are desperately needed to get the shop back on its feet.”

Insp Richard Sullivan, of Pontefract and Knottingley neighbourhood policing team (NPT), said officers were investigating the offences and appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

He said: “Our inquiries are ongoing into these incidents and I would appeal for anyone with information to contact police.

“Not only have the culprits stolen items, they have also damaged the premises.”

The charity shop was also targeted last year – on the same night thieves tried to smash their way into the town’s Cancer Research UK shop on Beastfair.

In that incident, suspects prised open a till in the second-hand furniture shop, next to Pontefract bus station, but did not take any cash. After ransacking the shop, they then left with a safe and its contents.

Witnesses or anyone with information should contact the NPT on new police non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555111.