St Clare Hospice Logo The Harlow Star have recently reported on a burglaries that occurred at a local charity shop. The shop raising funds for the St Clare Hospice, in Saffron Walden has been the unfortunate target of two burglaries, in a time scale of just three days.

The first break-in happened on Sunday 16th August and the premises was targeted again on the night of Tuesday 18th August. During the first burglary, the thieves failed to gain access to the shop’s safe which meant only a small amount of money was taken. The shop had sustained damage however, when the burglars forced entry to the business property on Mercers Row in Saffron Walden. The entry damage was secured by staff at the St Clare Hospice shop, the following day.

During the second break-in on 18th August however, the premises sustained even more damage than the two days before. Fiona Eaton, Head of retail stated that the necessary additional security that had been installed, combined with the cost of repairs would mean in excess of £2,500 had been lost from profits for the charity.

Regarding the burglaries, Fiona Eaton said …

“The thieves forced their way in again and this time stole the safe, which had a cash float plus the day’s takings … Money is never left in any of our cash tills, but the thieves also damaged a brand new, empty cash till, which was due to replace the old till …We will be doing all we can to increase security, including looking at the cost of installing CCTV. But it’s really hard as a small local charity, when you are trying to make sure as much of the money raised through our shops goes towards the expert care St Clare gives to local people who need it … If you add up the stolen cash, plus replacing the safe, new till and a high security door, the cost to us of the theft is around £2,500; an amount that could otherwise pay for our Hospice at Home service for two whole days – and that’s before we add in the cost of CCTV.”

She then went on to say “It’s hard to find the words to describe how upsetting it is for everyone, especially the shop staff and volunteers, who work so hard. To think that anyone would be so heartless or desperate to target the shop twice in this way and take away vital funds for improving the lives of local people living with life-limiting illnesses, someone who could be a relative or friend of the culprits is shocking.”

If you have any information that can assist with the enquiries into this case then please call Uttlesford Borough Police on 101. Alternatively, if you would rather give any information anonymously then phone CrimeStoppers for free on 0800 555 111.

Should you require any help or guidance regarding the security of either your business premises or private residence, then please do not hesitate to call Davis Locksmiths for free on 0800 093 6270 or mobile 07956 345006.

With thanks to St Clare Hospice for the use of the logo.



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