Raiders smash their way into Keighley charity shop

SICKENED: Manorlands shop manager Jackie Burke

SICKENED: Manorlands shop manager Jackie Burke

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RAIDERS who smashed their way into a Keighley charity shop have cost a hospice of thousands of pounds.

The burglars forced open a safe and stole about £2,000 in cash at the Sue Ryder Manorlands premises, in Cavendish Street.

But they also badly damaged the office and cost the shop half a day's takings as it had to close while police examined the scene and then a clean-up took place.

Shop manager Jackie Burke said she was shocked at the extent of the devastation.

"They ripped out the safe and smashed the desk, drawers and cupboards – the office was just wrecked," she said.

"All the takings from Friday were stolen plus some money, raised through events, which people had brought in to us to be passed on to the hospice. Collection tins also went.

"The cost of the damage will probably run to about £5,000 and then with lost income through the closure it all mounts up.

"It's absolutely sickening because at the end of the day this is all money that goes to providing care at Manorlands.

"People who do this sort of thing have no feelings."

Mrs Burke said the shop will open until 9pm today in a bid to recoup some of the lost cash.

"I got a call from the sales assistant early the following morning – which was due to be my day off – and went down there," said Mrs Burke.

"Fortunately the sales area wasn't touched; those responsible were clearly just after money.

"We couldn't open until the police had finished, but we were back in business in the afternoon and very busy."

Sue Ryder, which has occupied the present shop for more than two years after previously being based in smaller premises across the road, is now reviewing its security.

"We are going to speak to local businesses about upgrading the security and if any firm can help us with that we would be extremely grateful to hear from them," Mrs Burke said.

She can be contacted on 01535 681956.

Manorlands needs to raise at least £1.6 million in donations and voluntary income every year just to maintain its services.

Police say two boys, aged 16, and a 17-year-old youth, all from the Bradford area – have been arrested on suspicion of burglary.

All three have been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

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8:02am Thu 14 Aug 14

bradford88 says...

Dirty bas*erds, these kind of scumbags need a beating, dont think they will find them but i hope they rot it hell.
Dirty bas*erds, these kind of scumbags need a beating, dont think they will find them but i hope they rot it hell. bradford88
  • Score: 12

8:22am Thu 14 Aug 14

PhilBailey1986 says...

That's disgusting. I hope the get caught. They need bloody stringing up. Cut there fingers off and see if the can still be dirty little theives.
That's disgusting. I hope the get caught. They need bloody stringing up. Cut there fingers off and see if the can still be dirty little theives. PhilBailey1986
  • Score: 8

8:57am Thu 14 Aug 14

Joedavid says...

Surprised shops leave cash in shops overnight particulary such a large amount.
Is it such a big loss are they not covered by insurance?
Surprised shops leave cash in shops overnight particulary such a large amount. Is it such a big loss are they not covered by insurance? Joedavid
  • Score: 9

9:24am Thu 14 Aug 14

llos25 says...

PhilBailey1986 wrote:
That's disgusting. I hope the get caught. They need bloody stringing up. Cut there fingers off and see if the can still be dirty little theives.
Cut their heads off and get rid of the problem.
[quote][p][bold]PhilBailey1986[/bold] wrote: That's disgusting. I hope the get caught. They need bloody stringing up. Cut there fingers off and see if the can still be dirty little theives.[/p][/quote]Cut their heads off and get rid of the problem. llos25
  • Score: 6

9:41am Thu 14 Aug 14

bradford88 says...

llos25 wrote:
PhilBailey1986 wrote:
That's disgusting. I hope the get caught. They need bloody stringing up. Cut there fingers off and see if the can still be dirty little theives.
Cut their heads off and get rid of the problem.
Lool they chop your hands of in saudi arabia for stealing, it would be good if they do it here
[quote][p][bold]llos25[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PhilBailey1986[/bold] wrote: That's disgusting. I hope the get caught. They need bloody stringing up. Cut there fingers off and see if the can still be dirty little theives.[/p][/quote]Cut their heads off and get rid of the problem.[/p][/quote]Lool they chop your hands of in saudi arabia for stealing, it would be good if they do it here bradford88
  • Score: 8

1:05pm Thu 14 Aug 14

hx3bantam says...

What sort of pondlife raids a charity shop?
What sort of pondlife raids a charity shop? hx3bantam
  • Score: 7

3:04pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Robin of Loxley says...

hx3bantam wrote:
What sort of pondlife raids a charity shop?
Those who support the BNP/EDL.
[quote][p][bold]hx3bantam[/bold] wrote: What sort of pondlife raids a charity shop?[/p][/quote]Those who support the BNP/EDL. Robin of Loxley
  • Score: -6

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