'It beggars belief': Leeds-based bereavement charity forced to close weeks before Christmas after burglary

Staff at a Leeds-based bereavement centre have been left heartbroken after they were forced to close due to a callous burglary of children's toys and electronics.

Thursday, 5th December 2019, 3:32 pm
Updated Thursday, 5th December 2019, 3:33 pm

Charlies-Angel-Centre Foundation - based on Parkside Lane in South Leeds - provide free services for anyone affected by the death of a child of any age (ranging from miscarriage to adult children) and for any reason, including stillbirth, termination, accidental, violent or suicidal death and death following acute or chronic illness.

However, staff have been left appalled after discovering the theft of a range of goods including four tablets and a games console.

The centre has now been forced to close due to the burglary - just weeks before Christmas.

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Horrific damage caused in the burglary

One member of staff from the centre said: "It absolutely beggars belief how people can think it is OK to break into a bereavement charity and take our property.

"They have taken 4 x Tablets, TV, Kids game console plus games that we know of so far. If you are offered any of these or think you might know who was involved please contact us.

"Our charity runs on public donations and replacing and mending these things costs money that would otherwise go towards supporting bereaved families."

Staff have had to cancel vital counselling appointments due to the burglary.

A window was smashed in the burglary

The staff member added: "We are a family run charity and the centre means so much to us and to think that some people have thought it is okay to go in and help themselves is devastating."

Anyone with information should contact West Yorkshire Police quoting crime reference number 13190623245.