Bur­glar left her blood be­hind at the scene

Accrington Observer - - LOOKING BACK -

A BUR­GLAR who smashed her way into a town cen­tre char­ity shop left a ‘sig­nif­i­cant’ amount of blood at the scene.

Po­lice were called to the Hyndburn Stray Dogs in Need (HSDIN) shop on Whal­ley Road in Ac­cring­ton shortly af­ter 11pm on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 1.

Stephen Wood, a vol­un­teer at the char­ity, said CCTV from out­side the shop showed a woman us­ing a large rock to break a win­dow be­fore crawl­ing into the premises on her hands and knees.

He said the of­fender stole around £25 cash from the float but caused more than £1,000 in dam­age.

He said: “It’s re­ally an­noy­ing, sick­en­ing and dis­heart­en­ing. We are here to try and help peo­ple in Hyndburn and some­thing like this hap- pens. I got a phone call at around mid­night from the po­lice say­ing we had been bro­ken into and ask­ing if they could board up the win­dow.

“When we went down to the shop in the morn­ing we watched the CCTV and saw the woman who did it.

“We had to clean up all the blood which isn’t fair on the vol­un­teers. She has caused over £1,000 worth of dam­age which is a lot for us to try and make back. All the peo­ple here at HSDIN are vol­un­teers and no­body gets a wage.”

Stephen said it is the lat­est break-in to hap­pen at the shop de­spite in­creased se­cu­rity.

He said: “We get bro­ken into at least once a year and we keep putting more se­cu­rity things in place but apart from shut­ter­ing it com­pletely noth­ing seems to work.

“A lot of our vol­un­teers are el­derly and can’t phys­i­cally open the shut­ters. We could in­vest in elec­tronic one’s but they are very ex­pen­sive. Peo­ple have ral­lied around us since what’s hap­pened which is nice and we will get through this.”

HSDIN is the lat­est town cen­tre shop to be tar­geted by bur­glars in the last few weeks.

Busi­ness own­ers have called for coun­cil per­mis­sion to in­stall se­cu­rity shut­ters to pro­tect their premises how­ever leader Miles Parkin­son said it would put off shop­pers.

Po­lice said no ar­rests have been made. A spokesper­son said: “A win­dow had been smashed and there was blood at the scene.” Call po­lice on 101 quot­ing log num­ber 1670 of Novem­ber 1.

Blood was left at the scene of the bur­glary by the of­fender

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