Samaritans hit in latest raid on charity shops

John Townsend – discovered the break-in when he opened up

John Townsend – discovered the break-in when he opened up

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A SAMARITANS charity shop was targeted in the latest of a spate of burglaries across Southend.

Thieves smashed a hole in the glass door of the Hamlet Court Road shop in Westcliff, between Thursday night and Fridaymorning, but were not able to crawl through.

Cancer Research UK and British Heart Foundation charity shops in Southend were hit last week, with more than £1,000 of damage being caused to the latter and £500 worth of stock stolen.

Five charity shops were also targeted in a single night in Leigh a week earlier, with hundreds of pounds of cash and items being stolen.

However, although nothing was stolen from the Samaritans shop and it was open by 10.30am, the charity was forced to spend about £200 repairing the glass.

Southend Samaritans chairman John Townsend, 64, noticed the damage when he went to open up at about 9.45am. He said: “It seems disgusting that someone could do this, but we’ve got CCTV, so hopefully the police will be able to identify the perpetrators.

“The glass on the door had been smashed, but it was toughened glass, so the hole they made wasn’t big enough for someone to crawl through without tearing themselves to shreds.

“While they didn’t manage to steal anything, it did cost us the best part of £200 to get the glass repaired.

“It’s very annoying because people kindly donate items for us to sell and customers buy those items, spending their money for us to help the distressed, not to have to spend it on repairing damage.”

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Essex Police on 101.

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7:45pm Wed 12 Mar 14

John Bull 40 says...

Hamlet court road. Say no more.
Hamlet court road. Say no more. John Bull 40
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8:19am Thu 13 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

Lowlife scum in action again.
Lowlife scum in action again. Kim Gandy
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8:29am Thu 13 Mar 14

Happy Chickie says...

John Bull 40 wrote:
Hamlet court road. Say no more.
Happened in Leigh too, and Southend High street.
[quote][p][bold]John Bull 40[/bold] wrote: Hamlet court road. Say no more.[/p][/quote]Happened in Leigh too, and Southend High street. Happy Chickie
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8:45am Thu 13 Mar 14

The Exorcist says...

It is a very sad indictment of our society when the very shops that are meant to try and help the needy and poor (whilst giving us a few possible bargains we hope) are the victims of such actions. Let us trust (in vain no doubt) that the courts will start to take a tougher stance on those responsible and send out a clear message. What are we coming to, is the next thing that people start to rob those involved in accidents like in the riots of the other year
It is a very sad indictment of our society when the very shops that are meant to try and help the needy and poor (whilst giving us a few possible bargains we hope) are the victims of such actions. Let us trust (in vain no doubt) that the courts will start to take a tougher stance on those responsible and send out a clear message. What are we coming to, is the next thing that people start to rob those involved in accidents like in the riots of the other year The Exorcist
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10:49am Fri 14 Mar 14

RichardAC says...

just when you thought some people could not get any lower...............
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just when you thought some people could not get any lower............... ...... RichardAC
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2:07pm Fri 14 Mar 14

tezzason1 says...

Keeping cash on the premises is not such a great idea.Some of these low lifes can read and will come back for more. Keep a dog on the premises over night. Even a small yappy one will deter thieves if they are able to break in. Better still, use a big dog and only feed it once a week.
Keeping cash on the premises is not such a great idea.Some of these low lifes can read and will come back for more. Keep a dog on the premises over night. Even a small yappy one will deter thieves if they are able to break in. Better still, use a big dog and only feed it once a week. tezzason1
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