Cruel thieves destroy Cancer Research charity shop before ransacking shelves

Cruel thieves have ransacked a Cancer Research shop – smashing their way in before clearing out the shelves.

Photographs of the shop in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, show bags of donations torn open and strewn across the store.

Lockers were also forced open and emptied and the till drawer lay open on the floor.

One volunteer described the theft as “soul-destroying” and reminded the thieves they may have had relatives lucky enough to benefit from the charity.

The thieves broke down the shop’s back door between closing on Friday 16 October and Saturday October 17, the Daily Record reports.

Peterhead Councillor, Dianne Beagrie, said she was “really disappointed” by the incident and confirmed the council had been in touch with staff.

Appealing for information on social media, one volunteer shared images of the devastating scene.

A colleague admitted it "wasn't the first time" the shop had been targeted and called the thieves the "lowest of the low."

Cancer Research UK spokesman Martin McGlown said they hope those "responsible will be swiftly identified and brought to justice.

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Mr McGlown said: "It is deeply upsetting to learn of the break-in at our Peterhead shop and we hope those responsible will be swiftly identified and brought to justice.

"Cancer Research UK relies on the generous support of the public to continue its lifesaving work, including those who shop at our stores or donate quality pre-loved items."

It comes just a month after the charity shop's front was covered in graffiti and almost a year to the day since a neighbouring Shoe Zone was hit by thieves.

Police Scotland have confirmed they are investigating the incident and enquiries are thought to be ongoing.

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