Charity shop ransacked

Retail manager Kate Gaynor, volunteers Carol Glover and Dot Wooton and retail assistant Barbara Holme at the Wigan and Leigh Hospice (WLH) charity shop in Platt Bridge which has been burgled
Retail manager Kate Gaynor, volunteers Carol Glover and Dot Wooton and retail assistant Barbara Holme at the Wigan and Leigh Hospice (WLH) charity shop in Platt Bridge which has been burgled
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CALLOUS burglars broke into a Wigan charity shop and ransacked it.

The offenders smashed through a small window and the ceiling to get into the Wigan and Leigh Hospice charity store in Platt Bridge.

The raid, which took place over the bank holiday weekend, caused around £450 of damage to the Liverpool Road outlet and also caused the charity to lose a day’s takings as the premises had to be shut on Tuesday.

The hospice is now desperately appealing for anyone who may have seen the break-in to come forward and give their information to police.

Retail manager Kate Gaynor said: “It’s unbelievable to think that someone could be so callous to break into a shop which is here solely to benefit the local community.

“The sorting area used by the volunteers was ransacked, there is a huge hole in the ceiling where they broke in and the kitchen was left in a mess.

“The shop had to be closed all day so it has cost us a day’s takings and we’ve had to pay for repairs.

“If anyone saw anything suspicious over the weekend I would appeal to them to report what they saw to the police.”

The burglars broke into the shop between 1pm on Saturday May 2 and 9am on Tuesday May 5, when volunteer staff arrived to open the shop after the bank holiday weekend and found the mess.

The charity thinks the offenders smashed a small round window at the front of the shop and then broke through the ceiling to lower themselves on to the shop floor.

The network of WLH shops across the borough are entirely staffed by volunteers and make a significant contribution to the charity’s daily fund-raising total of £7,400.

Anyone with information should ring Greater Manchester Police (GMP) on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.