Arson attack on charity shop

STAFF at an Ipswich charity shop are today appealing for donations after an arson attack damaged most of the stock.The fire broke out in a wheelie bin, which had been pushed up against the back of the YMCA store, in Westgate Street, shortly before 11pm yesterday.

STAFF at an Ipswich charity shop are today appealing for donations after an arson attack damaged most of the stock.

The fire broke out in a wheelie bin, which had been pushed up against the back of the YMCA store, in Westgate Street, shortly before 11pm yesterday.

But it is not just staff at the shop who were affected by the blaze as the shop acts as the main distributor for Big Issue homeless magazines in the town.

Sellers of the magazine have been buying their copies from the store to sell around the town for the last 12 months but will not be able to do so until the store is re-opened.

Lynn Knights, manager of the store, said: “I hope to be able to salvage some of the stock as most of the damage inside is smoke damage but there is a very bad smell and we will not be able to open for a while.”

Charred clothes, furniture and computers were scattered outside the back of the shop this morning.

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Mrs Knights added: “We need to start building up the stock again and so we would appeal to the public to bring in any donations they have.”

The fire is not the first the store has had since it opened in 2001 and a similar fire broke out in the bin last year.

Police are investigating.

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