Shop theft anger

17th October 2011'The British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research shops in Pontefract had break-ins on the same night.  ''PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
17th October 2011'The British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research shops in Pontefract had break-ins on the same night. ''PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
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HEARTLESS thieves smashed their way into two charity shops in Pontefract town centre in one night.

Yobs broke into the British Heart Foundation on Horsefair and Cancer Research UK between 5.05pm last Tuesday October 11 and 8am last Wednesday October 12.

Officers from Pontefract and Knottingley neighbourgood policing team (NPT) are appealing for information about the burglaries and are urging witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

A police spokeswoman said the suspects prised open a till in the British Heart Foundation 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.

On the same night, yobs approached the Cancer Research UK shop from the back door and tried to break a lock with a “chisel-type implement”.

They managed to force the door open, but internal bolts stopped them getting into the shop.

They left without taking anything.

Sgt Lis Walker, of the NPT said: “We have worked really hard to reduce crime in Pontefract town centre and any offences against people’s businesses and livelihoods are unacceptable.

“These offences, against charity shops who are trying to raise funds for some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in society, are particularly unpalatable.

“I encourage anyone with any information to come forward to the police, no matter how small they feel that piece of information may be.”

Witnesses or anyone with information should contact Pontefract and Knottingley NPT on 0845 6060606 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555111.