Lancashire TelegraphCharity blow as burglars strike at Accrington furniture store (From Lancashire Telegraph)

When news happens, text LT and your photos and videos to 80360. Or contact us by email or phone.

Charity blow as burglars strike at Accrington furniture store

Lancashire Telegraph: Manager Mark Lawrence says the charity will have to pay for the damage Manager Mark Lawrence says the charity will have to pay for the damage

BURGLARS smashed their way into the office of a furniture charity store to steal a safe.

But the thieves were unable to finish the job, leaving the safe behind to be picked up by a nightwatchman.

The two men forced open a metal shutter to gain access to Hyndburn Used Furniture Store in Fairfield Street, Accrington, on Tuesday night.

They then used a small fire extinguisher to bash open an office door and used a trolley found inside the store to remove the safe Fortunately for the charity, the burglars left the safe — containing cash and vital documents — on the site before making their escape.

Store manager Mark Lawrence said the repairs would be expensive for the charity.

He said: “The main thing for us is that we have lost a day’s takings.

“The burglars have made a mess as well. They damaged the shutter and an internal door, which will need replacing.

“There will be a major cost to the organisation in terms of repairs as it is not worth claiming on the insurance because of the excess, so it will come out of our pockets.

“Fortunately we got the safe back, which was a Godsend for us really.”

Hyndburn councillor Harry Grayson said: “Any charity that can support the needy and homeless must have the backing of the community.

“I hope that the people who have done this have a conscience and turn themselves in.”

Hyndburn Used Furniture Store is a charity that provides furniture to people on low income, benefits or facintg hardship.

It takes donations of furniture from those who do not need it to pass on to those in need throughout the year.

Police have asked for anyone with information to call them on 101.

Comments (8)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

4:59pm Thu 20 Dec 12

Davelyn says...

The council should stand the cost of the repairs and install CCTV at the same time.
The council should stand the cost of the repairs and install CCTV at the same time. Davelyn
  • Score: 0

5:15pm Thu 20 Dec 12

useyourhead says...

Davelyn wrote:
The council should stand the cost of the repairs and install CCTV at the same time.
Why?
-
It is a charity, are they to do the same for them all, because if not they would then be accused of discrimination.
[quote][p][bold]Davelyn[/bold] wrote: The council should stand the cost of the repairs and install CCTV at the same time.[/p][/quote]Why? - It is a charity, are they to do the same for them all, because if not they would then be accused of discrimination. useyourhead
  • Score: 0

6:41pm Thu 20 Dec 12

itsonlymeagain says...

why would cash be left on site, if all items are received and distributed through donations, just a thought.
why would cash be left on site, if all items are received and distributed through donations, just a thought. itsonlymeagain
  • Score: 0

8:20pm Thu 20 Dec 12

useyourhead says...

itsonlymeagain wrote:
why would cash be left on site, if all items are received and distributed through donations, just a thought.
they do charge a small amount for the furniture I believe.
[quote][p][bold]itsonlymeagain[/bold] wrote: why would cash be left on site, if all items are received and distributed through donations, just a thought.[/p][/quote]they do charge a small amount for the furniture I believe. useyourhead
  • Score: 0

10:21pm Thu 20 Dec 12

itsonlymeagain says...

thanks for that useyourhead, being new to this, have you any idea why there is a box to comment on some stories and not on others.
thanks for that useyourhead, being new to this, have you any idea why there is a box to comment on some stories and not on others. itsonlymeagain
  • Score: 0

11:52pm Thu 20 Dec 12

useyourhead says...

itsonlymeagain wrote:
thanks for that useyourhead, being new to this, have you any idea why there is a box to comment on some stories and not on others.
some stories are still legally ongoing and others get blocked seemingly at the managements discretion, usually if likely to be racist comments etc.
[quote][p][bold]itsonlymeagain[/bold] wrote: thanks for that useyourhead, being new to this, have you any idea why there is a box to comment on some stories and not on others.[/p][/quote]some stories are still legally ongoing and others get blocked seemingly at the managements discretion, usually if likely to be racist comments etc. useyourhead
  • Score: 0

9:39am Fri 21 Dec 12

mys says...

There's some thieving scum around
There's some thieving scum around mys
  • Score: 0

10:34am Fri 21 Dec 12

1066 hastings says...

''i hope these people have a conscience and turn themselves in'' some chance !!!!
''i hope these people have a conscience and turn themselves in'' some chance !!!! 1066 hastings
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree