Published on: Wednesday 01 Nov 2017 at 12:39
Saffron Walden Shop suffers break-in
The St Clare Hospice shop in Mercers Row in Saffron Walden suffered a break-in on the night of Sunday 22nd October 2017.
There was significant damage caused by the break-in as well as money stolen. Over £1,000 was stolen from the safe and 3 collection tins were taken. These were later found by a passerby, empty and discarded, near the football pitches in Saffron Walden. Damage was made to the back door and the sorting room was ransacked.
The relevant authorities have been informed and police have reviewed the CCTV footage from the store and released a photograph to the public.
Contractors have secured the site and will be undertaking the necessary repairs. The shop re-opened and began trading again on the afternoon of Monday 23rd October.
Sarah Thompson, Chief Executive of St Clare, said: “We are saddened to report that our Saffron Walden shop suffered a break in last Sunday. This is understandably upsetting for the volunteers and staff who run the shop, and for our many regular shoppers and supporters. The damage to the shop was significant, but it is the loss of funds which would have gone to care of our patients and the distress caused to our shop team which is even more upsetting.”
“We are continuing to support the team and are working with the police to find the perpetrator. We will also be assessing the security of the shop and finding ways to prevent something like this happening again. Thank you to the community of Saffron Walden who are showing incredible support for the shop at this time, and for their ongoing support for St Clare – the local hospice charity of Saffron Walden.”