Police appeal after two cancer charity shops burgled over Christmas

Cancer Research UK
Cancer Research UK

Two Cancer Research charity shops in separate towns have been targeted by burglars.

Overnight last night (Monday/Tuesday) intruders smashed a window at the Sleaford Cancer Research UK shopon Southgate, but no money was taken and no further damage was caused, according to teh charity.

At this time of year, people will be remembering loved ones they have lost to cancer and they will be appalled that thieves would target a charity which does so much for those affected by the disease

Lincolnshire Police spokesman

In a second incident, a burglary at the Cancer Research shop in Hall Place, Spalding was discovered on Christmas Eve morning. The thieves had gained access via a fire door and stole a small safe containing a cash float and some takings.

A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police said: “At this time of year, people will be remembering loved ones they have lost to cancer and they will be appalled that thieves would target a charity which does so much for those affected by the disease. Anyone with information about who may be responsible for these burglaries is asked to contact us.”

Roger Wright, central operations trading manager for the charity said: “Incidents like this are upsetting but thankfully rare. And with support from the public and our wonderful volunteers, we will bounce back.

“Cancer Research UK does not receive any government funding so we rely on the public to support our world-class research. Our shops are a significant part of that as every donation or purchase helps fund our pioneering research.”