Heartless raid on Leeds charity shop EXCLUSIVE

'LOWEST OF THE LOW': Denise Hancock with the raiders' hole.

'LOWEST OF THE LOW': Denise Hancock with the raiders' hole.

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Hole-in-the-wall raiders used sledgehammers to smash their way into a charity shop...to steal a packet of biscuits.

They ransacked the shop – and left the charity with a huge repair bill – but escaped with little more than a few donated items and the snacks.

Manageress Denise Hancock today said the raiders were the “lowest of the low”.

Mrs Hancock and assistant manageress Lesley Smith discovered the break-in when they opened up the British Heart Foundation’s shop in Armley, Leeds, for business.

She said: “We found all the stock thrown about everywhere.

“They have take some cheap new £1.99p chains, about 100 second hand DVDs and some new hats and gloves.

“It’s appalling that a charity shop supported by volunteers and raising money for such important work has had so much damage inflicted for such little gain.”

She added: “They even took the biscuits for our helpers teabreak.”

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Police believe the raiders struck sometime between last Thursday night and Friday morning.

They shattered steel shutters to gain access to a compound behind the shop then hammered through a brick wall to get into the store in Town Street.

The damage to the shop could cost up to £2,000 to repair.

The Armley shop was one of a number of charities which last year suffered the loss of hundreds of bags of donated clothing after they were stolen from the doorsteps of householders before they were collected.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “We were called to reports of a burglary at an address on Town Street, in Armley, on Friday morning.

“Any witnesses should contact West Yorkshire Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.”

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