Break-in blow for The Peace Hospice shop in Lower High Street, Watford

Break-in blow for charity shop

Break-in blow for charity shop

Break-in blow for charity shop

Break-in blow for charity shop

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Web content editor

Money has been stolen from a charity shop in Watford twice in one week in an "appalling" double burglary.

The Peace Hospice shop, in Lower High Street, was broken into on Friday night, and then again on Monday night.

The shop was broken into last year, and security bars were put up on the windows, but burglars found a new way in and stole hundreds of pounds in cash.

Sue Plummer, chief executive of the Peace Hospice, said: "I think it’s very sad people donate their goods because they want it to go to a good cause and money gets stolen.

"They have targeted the shop, causing damage and distress to the shop and staff. I think it’s because its position on the high street makes it an easy target.

"We have a huge amount of income to generate from the public. We’re a bit more comfortable now, but definitely not comfortably enough.

"Some of the shops are struggling, in line with other charity shops. We need donations, furniture and volunteers, not break ins."

The police are investigating the two burglaries, and have confirmed the burglars got in through a window at the back of the shop, before forcing open a safe inside the building.

The second time, the criminals got in through the roof and ceiling. Inquiries are ongoing and there have been no arrests yet.

DS Ian Siggery, from the Watford local crime unit, said: "We are particularly appalled by these break-ins given that the victim was a charity shop staffed by volunteers.

"The shop doesn’t have large amounts of money on site and on both occasions the offenders have caused a large amount of damage in breaking in. How low can these people go?

"I’d urge anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area at these times or who knows anything about what happened to get in touch with police as soon as possible."

The Peace Hospice needs £4 million in charitable income a year to continue to provide free care to patients across South West Herts, with a life limiting illness.

Anyone with information about the burglaries can telephone police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference C1/13/712, or through Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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7:16pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Vicar*o*rage says...

I hope they catch the evil scum and castrate them, before inserting a red hot poker
I hope they catch the evil scum and castrate them, before inserting a red hot poker Vicar*o*rage
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8:41pm Thu 14 Feb 13

LSC says...

I've tried to write a reply to this story about 5 times now, and everytime had to stop and delete them because I was surprising even myself with how vicious it made me feel towards these scum.

Let us just say I hope they are caught and go to prison for a long time. And if they, or one of their loved ones ever require the services of a Hospice, I hope they never get a moments sleep for the rest of their miserable lives.
I've tried to write a reply to this story about 5 times now, and everytime had to stop and delete them because I was surprising even myself with how vicious it made me feel towards these scum. Let us just say I hope they are caught and go to prison for a long time. And if they, or one of their loved ones ever require the services of a Hospice, I hope they never get a moments sleep for the rest of their miserable lives. LSC
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10:04pm Thu 14 Feb 13

G_Whiz says...

Going by the sentences burglars get our government and judges don't take this crime seriously - in fact they promote it, because the rewards far outweigh the risks!
Stuff the victims eh!

All this phoney shock by the system and the sympathy the liberals only have for the criminal is ruining our country!

Not opinion. Fact!
Going by the sentences burglars get our government and judges don't take this crime seriously - in fact they promote it, because the rewards far outweigh the risks! Stuff the victims eh! All this phoney shock by the system and the sympathy the liberals only have for the criminal is ruining our country! Not opinion. Fact! G_Whiz
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10:22pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Hornets number 12 fan says...

As a volunteer to this fine organisation I'm appalled by the depths thats have been reached when thieving scum have to deprive terminally ill people of funds!
As a volunteer to this fine organisation I'm appalled by the depths thats have been reached when thieving scum have to deprive terminally ill people of funds! Hornets number 12 fan
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9:54am Fri 15 Feb 13

Paul Gadd says...

Crimes like this happen because lowlifes aren't scared of prison....it's more like a holiday camp to them.
Decrepid, old Judges don't help either- letting people out early for good behaviour and the like....the sooner they bring back hanging the better, preferably at the Tower!
Crimes like this happen because lowlifes aren't scared of prison....it's more like a holiday camp to them. Decrepid, old Judges don't help either- letting people out early for good behaviour and the like....the sooner they bring back hanging the better, preferably at the Tower! Paul Gadd
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7:41am Thu 21 Feb 13

sffca says...

And with at least 6 officers and 4 police cars there for the last hour this morning it looks like it may have happened again! Time for a council security camera and adequate lighting at the crown passage car park area maybe......
And with at least 6 officers and 4 police cars there for the last hour this morning it looks like it may have happened again! Time for a council security camera and adequate lighting at the crown passage car park area maybe...... sffca
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