A NEW helpline for Wigan’s unemployed has had its premises broken into just days after its official launch.
Thieves smashed their way into Community Warehouse in Hodson Street over the weekend, stealing laptops, computers, £700 cash and even chocolate bars.
It was a distressing start for the new operation although bosses today pledged it would forge ahead regardless.
Business manager David Banks manager, said: “We were broken into sometime between last Friday evening and Sunday morning.
“Not too much damage was caused, they were quite courteous and closed the doors and made the building as secure as possible so it didn’t look like a break-in, apart form the smashed glass on the floor in front of the building.
“They took a couple of laptops – office ones and some refurbished laptops – looks like one or two at the most. They didn’t not take the heavier stuff which would have been of more value.
“The stole a substantial amount of cash – £700 - from the safe which was going to the charity pot and some chocolate bars from the kitchen which was strange.
“The perpetrators wore gloves so there is very little evidence the police could use.
“There is nothing we can do, but it is annoying as we are here to help the community. We are part of a charity that works really hard to help people. It is really sad.
“We can replace the items, but we now have the disruption of having to beef up security, which will cost a couple of thousand pounds. We were supposed to have some work experience help us, but we now can’t accommodate them, so we had to send them home. “The worry has upset some members of staff as they have put their heart and soul into it.”
If anyone has any information or saw anything, call the police on 101 or Crimestopppers on 0800 555111.