Thieves steal charity van

CHARITY workers have criticised heartless thieves who smashed their way into a pair of much needed vans causing an estimated £800 damage.The incident is thought to have happened between 5pm on Friday and 8am on Monday at St Elizabeth Hospice's distribution centre on the Riverside Industrial Estate in Ipswich.

CHARITY workers have criticised heartless thieves who smashed their way into a pair of much needed vans causing an estimated £800 damage.

The incident is thought to have happened between 5pm on Friday and 8am on Monday at St Elizabeth Hospice's distribution centre on the Riverside Industrial Estate in Ipswich.

Nothing was taken from the vehicles but side windows were smashed and the steering columns and ignitions damaged.

Staff at the charity expect the repairs to cost around £800, money which should be spent on providing specialist care and support for terminally ill patients and their family and friends.

Nigel Taylor, distribution manager with St Elizabeth, said: “It's the lowest of the low. It's not what the hospice need and is a total waste.

“Both vans have the St Elizabeth signs all over them so it's not even as if whoever did this wouldn't know what they were doing.

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“It's a real shame because it causes major disruption. We rely on these vans to take clothes and other goods to our shops throughout the county and pick up donations.

“Now they're likely to be out of action until next week.”

Anyone who has information about the damage should call Sgt Karl Nightingale at Ipswich on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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