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Comment: Worst kind of crime hits charity
FEW sectors of society have been as hard hit as charities by the economic downturn.
And while most charities are scraping together enough funds to ensure that they avoid oblivion the last thing that they need is to be targeted by criminals.
In Blackburn, Age UK’s head office has been burgled, with items, including collection tins stolen.
You would think that cash tins would be safe locked in an office building but the thugs ransacked the buildings and stole the collections.
The work the charity does across the area is invaluable to so many and for bosses to now have to shell out for repairs to their damaged building is very disappointing.
Some of the items stolen were laptops used to help elderly visitors learn how to use the internet, a scheme that helps with reducing isolation among pensioners.
The value of the stolen items is almost irrelevant.
This incident will slow down the progress of volunteers and make charity bosses think twice before investing in vital equipment in the future.
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