Taunton charity shop ransacked a third time

DISAPPOINTED – shop manager Sue Monnelly outside the PDSA North Street shop, Taunton

DISAPPOINTED – shop manager Sue Monnelly outside the PDSA North Street shop, Taunton

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THE manager of a charity shop in Taunton is “very upset and disappointed” after the third break-in at the premises this year.

The latest incident happened between Friday night and early Saturday morning when burglars entered the PDSA charity shop, North Street, and ransacked the building.

It is estimated that damage to the tune of thousands of pounds was caused by the vandals, including a smashed window, damaged furniture and a broken till, as well as the mess which meant the store lost a day of sales as staff worked to clean and tidy the building.

It is not thought that anything was taken this time. In March, the County Gazette reported on a break-in at the shop.

In that incident money and jewellery was stolen and the roof was damaged.

The shop was then targeted again in May when it and other premises had their charity tins stolen.

Sue Monnelly, shop manager, said: “I’m very upset and disappointed that people have targeted a charity shop. We are a charity which cares for pets of people in need, by providing free veterinary to their sick and injured animals and promoting responsible pet ownership.

“They have made a lot of mess and damage, and I don’t understand why they target us as they never leave anything of any value on the premises.

“I am putting an appeal out to all the supporters of PDSA for stock and cash donations to help support the charity through this tough time.”

A spokesperson from Avon and Somerset Police said: “We received a call at around 8am on Saturday morning after reports of a break-in in North Street.

"The area was searched and it doesn’t appear anything was taken.

“We are urging people to come forward with any information they have by calling 101 and quoting crime reference number 73440/14.”

In an extreme effort to raise cash for the shop, Sue will be taking part in a sponsored skydive from 10,000ft on September 10.

If you would like to sponsor Sue, visit the North Street store.

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