Clothes slashed at charity shop

PUBLISHED: 11:54 06 November 2008 | UPDATED: 14:09 10 May 2010

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A CHARITY shop is looking to beef up its security after mindless vandals caused more than £100 worth of damage to stock. Cancer Research UK on King Street, Saffron Walden, was repeatedly hit by clothes being slashed last month. Shop manager Lisa Drinkwate

A CHARITY shop is looking to beef up its security after mindless vandals caused more than £100 worth of damage to stock.

Cancer Research UK on King Street, Saffron Walden, was repeatedly hit by clothes being slashed last month.

Shop manager Lisa Drinkwater said: "It's desperately sad that a charity shop should have to worry about this kind of crime. Our supporters go out of their way to donate to us to make a difference to cancer research; when we are faced with incidents such as this it shakes up our supporters and volunteers terribly."

Since the beginning of October, a total of nine coats, and other items, have been slashed, depriving the charity of more than £145.

In a bid to offer more security to the shop and the volunteers, and to prevent further incidents, the team is appealing to local businesses which may be able to donate a security system to the shop.

It is hoped that this will help capture the much needed evidence as required by the police.

Ms Drinkwater said: "It would be great if we could prevent this from happening in the future by the use of a donated security camera system.

"Perhaps there is a business nearby, planning on up-dating its security systems? We would be delighted to receive such a device whether old or new! It's crucial to so many, that our charity can keep safe, secure and fundraising."

If you think you can help to protect the charity call Ms Drinkwater on 01799 516646 or visit the store on King Street.

Anyone with information about these crimes should contact Saffron Walden Police Station on 0300 333 4444.

For more information about Cancer Research UK visit their website at www.cancerresearchuk.org/shopping

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