RSPCA targeted in copycat store raid

Callous thieves have again targetted the RSPCA charity shop on Talbot Road in Blackpool, causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage yet escaping with nothing.'Shop Manager Graham Shield surveys the hole made by the thieves, who broke in from the adjacent property.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'9-7-2013
Callous thieves have again targetted the RSPCA charity shop on Talbot Road in Blackpool, causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage yet escaping with nothing.'Shop Manager Graham Shield surveys the hole made by the thieves, who broke in from the adjacent property. PIC BY ROB LOCK'9-7-2013
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Staff at a charity shop have been left horrified after vandals smashed their way into their premises for the second time, causing hundreds of pounds of damage.

The break-in at the RSPCA charity shop on Talbot Road, is the second strike at the shop in just nine months, costing the charity upwards of £1,500.

The shop was broken into via an empty unit next door, between 5pm on Saturday and 9.25am on Monday.

The offenders managed to get in through a plasterboard wall before forcing three doors open and turning the place upside down, according to staff.

In October thieves broke into the shop, stealing £600 and vandalising the office.

Martyn Tetchener, branch manager of RSPCA’s Longview animal centre, on Division Lane, Marton, said staff are shocked and saddened.

He said: “It’s very, very upsetting when they seem to keep targeting us.

“At least nothing was taken but now we’ve got to repair everything that’s damaged.

“The volunteers are gutted. I don’t know why people are attacking a charity.”

Shop staff are now looking into installing increased security to the shop, including an alarm system.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “The offenders have knocked a hole in plasterboard to enter, and made a search. We are aware of this and are looking into it.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101.

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