Keighley charity delighted by police gesture

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Pictured is the Mpika charity’s Jackie Philburn with the goods. Pictured is the Mpika charity’s Jackie Philburn with the goods.

A charity shop has had hundreds of pounds of clothes and toiletries donated to it by police, who confiscated them after raiding a house in Holme Wood, Bradford.

On Tuesday police visited a house on Dorchester Crescent while following up a lead on goods taken from shops in Bradford. They arrested a 29-year-old woman from the address for handling stolen goods and she was cautioned after admitting the crime.

Officers asked the stores they were taken from if they wanted them to be returned, but they gave West Yorkshire Police permission to give them to charity.

Officers chose to give the items, worth over £400, to the Mpika Relief Fund, which has stores in nearby Queensbury, Denholme and Keighley. The charity supports the Village of Hope Orphanage in Mpika, Zambia. June Martin, co-founder of the charity, said: “We were over the moon when the police came in with the items.”

The clothing will go on sale in shops in Denholme and Keighley.

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