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Thieves steal more than £500 in second Telford charity shop raid

By Mat Growcott | Oakengates | Crime | Published: | Last Updated:

More than £500 was taken in a raid on a Telford charity shop – just a week after another charity shop in the area was hit.

Thieves targeted Community Helpp in Oakengates during the early hours of yesterday morning, and took the weeks takings as well as the CCTV box.

It happened within a week of when hundreds of pounds was taken from Hilbrae charity shop, opposite Community Helpp.

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Pauline Jackson, the charity's founder, said: "It's awful, especially after what happened to the shop opposite us and seeing what they've gone through.

"We thought we'd be safer because of the CCTV. We had a padlock with a chain as well.

"They smashed the door window, exactly like they did at Hilbrae"

Pauline said it had hit the charity hard.

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"For people who help people, it's genuinely a very bad blow," she said.

"The people that have done this have got to be in a dark place. It's low to take from people who help others. I think they probably need some help themselves.

"Everybody is going mad. People have been walking past the shop in absolute disgust."

Mat Growcott

By Mat Growcott
Reporter - @MGrowcott_Star

Shropshire Star reporter

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