A charity which supports vulnerable people has received a welcome Christmas boost when it was offered a new TV, just days after its previous one was stolen from a church in Ipswich.

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The Befriending Scheme operates a weekly hub at the Museum Street Methodist Church, in Black Horse Lane, where the television, along with cables for a Wii games console, was taken earlier this month.

Officials from the charity said they were devastated by the incident, which also saw raffle prizes stolen.

But now they have a reason to be upbeat again after a member of the public offered to give them a TV.

They were also offered a new games console.

Julie Kemp, assistant volunteer co-ordinator with the charity, said: “He read the story and he was moved by it and thought that he would like to help.

“The aim wasn’t for that end but it is a very good outcome. This Tuesday we set the Wii up. We had to borrow leads and use a portable TV which is not ideal in any circumstances, so to have a new TV to put up on the wall will be fantastic.

“We will make it more secure, of course.”

The Befriending Scheme offers support to people from vulnerable backgrounds and people with learning difficulties.

The theft happened at some point between 9.30am on December 4 and the same time on December 6.

Yesterday, a spokeswoman for Suffolk police said officers were following up all lines of inquiry and were investigating the incident.

The force is appealing for anyone with information, or anyone who saw something suspicious, to get in contact as soon as possible.

If you can help officers with their inquiries, please call 101.

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