Burglars smash into Wisbech charity shop

PUBLISHED: 11:22 11 October 2007 | UPDATED: 20:10 01 June 2010

Mrs Gillick with neighbour Lewis Wilkinson examing the damage to the Hill Street charity shop, Wisbech.

Mrs Gillick with neighbour Lewis Wilkinson examing the damage to the Hill Street charity shop, Wisbech.

BY John Elworthy MORALS campaigner Victoria Gillick was clearing up yesterday (Wed) after burglars smashed their way into a Wisbech charity shop to steal just £20 but caused £700 worth of damage. They were spotted running from the shop in the early hours

BY John Elworthy

MORALS campaigner Victoria Gillick was clearing up yesterday (Wed) after burglars smashed their way into a Wisbech charity shop to steal just £20 but caused £700 worth of damage.

"They were spotted running from the shop in the early hours," she said. "They're a couple of young degenerates who don't even have brains let alone cunning. They didn't even take a hammer so were unable to break through the door and instead smashed a plate glass window."

Two youths, aged around 15 to 17, were caught in the act by a neighbour who shouted at them from a neighbouring shop in Hill Street in the early hours of Wednesday.

"The lady next door was aroused at around 2am thinking it was her cake shop that was being broken into," said Mrs Gillick. "The woman shouted to the young lads, one of whom stepped back, looked up and called for his friend, who was inside our shop, to hurry up and get out."

Mrs Gillick, a pregnancy counsellor and secretary of West Norfolk and Wisbech LIFE who run the shop, said the break in was their third in seven years. The shop opens three hours a day selling second hand baby clothes and offers a pregnancy advice service upstairs.

"But we're not giving up, our work is too important to stop because a pair of dope head want to attack a charity shop and run off with £20," she said.

"It is depressing, though, and we may have to close for a day to get sorted. It's sad to think these young people may even have been in the shop at some time as customers and would then want to turn around and do this."

The charity has been based in Wisbech for 17 years, the last seven of them in Hill Street.

Forensics officers have been at the scene and CCTV cameras are being studied for clues.


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