Thieves target charity shops

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A WOMBWELL charity shop is among four to have been targeted by callous burglars.

Raiders have ransacked four Barnsley Hospice charity shops within weeks, smashing their way in to shops at Wombwell, Blucher Street at Barnsley, Stairfoot and Penistone.

In the latest break-in on Friday, roof tiles were removed for entry. A small amount of cash, two satnavs, an electrical saw and electrical testing equipment were stolen.

The burglary also caused about £1,000 worth of damage.

Thieves smashed their way into the hospice shop at Blucher Street, causing £800 of damage, just after it had been awarded first prize in the Barnsley Civic Trust’s Shop Awards.

About £500 was taken from the shop at Wombwell.

Dawn Charlesworth, retail services manager for the hospice, said: “Altogether the cost of these break-ins is nearly £6,000. We are insured, but we still lose money because we have to close the shop and clear up”.