Thieves cause extensive damage as Middleton RSPCA charity shop is targeted again

Date published: 02 January 2018

Thieves have caused extensive damage as Middleton’s RSPCA charity shop has been targeted again.

This is the second time in recent months that this store has been subject to a break-in, and locally the fourth overall since the end of November.

In just five days, thieves caused thousands of pounds’ worth of damage across three premises in Middleton and Rochdale.

The most recent break in was discovered by staff during the morning of Tuesday (2 January) after the thieves attempted to force their way in through the new security door, before wrenching the bars from the window and smashing their way in.

A representative for the local RSPCA branch said: “They have caused hundreds of pounds’ worth of damage again and we would just like to stress that no money is kept on any of our premises anymore.

"The window will be bricked up.

“These repeated incidents must be awful for our volunteers.

"At first, we thought we were being targeted, but a number of charity shops outside of Rochdale have also been broken into, like the Red Cross and Dr Kershaw’s.”

If anyone has any information, contact the Rochdale RSPCA branch or Greater Manchester Police on 101.

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