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Charity counts the cost after sofa slasher strikes

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 04, 2014

  • Hannah Large assesses the damage at the British Heart Foundation shop in High Street

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A CHARITY shop has been left £1,000 out of pocket after a vandal damaged a range of its furniture.

The British Heart Foundation furniture and electrical store, in High Street, Burton, was targeted by an offender who used a tool to tear into eight sofas.

It is not the first time the store has been targeted by this sort of attack and outraged bosses said following the latest strike, almost every item of furniture that was on display will have to be thrown out.

Shop assistant Hannah Large said she thought the store had rid itself of the problem with no reports of vandalism in the past six months, having previously been regularly blighted with the issue since opening three years ago.

She said: “It had been going on since we opened, but stopped for the last six months. Nearly all the stock on the shop floor has been damaged.”

Staff have no idea who the vandal is, with no-one reported to have been acting suspiciously and no CCTV cameras to call on.

Ms Large said: “I’m at a bit of a loss as to who is doing it. I wish we had a picture of them, so we could name and shame them. It’s despicable to be destroying charity stock. It’s not what you expect someone to do. I can’t fathom it.”

The store said police would be called in to investigate the vandalism spree, with staff wary of losing out on more cash and Ms Large said it should be remembered where the money raised goes.

She said: “That’s £1,000 that the charity has lost in one room. That’s two people who aren’t getting pacemakers. It’s happened dozens of times, so it must be thousands that has been lost altogether.”

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