A CHARITY shop is appealing for witnesses after £200 was stolen in a break-in over the new year period.

Sneaky thieves broke into the Barnsley Animal Rescue, on High Street, though a security gate and window at the back of the property.

The shop's safe, containing £200, was stolen along with a cricket bag, which the safe is believed to have been carried out in.

Volunteer Barry Furness said: "This is always the worst time of year for us because bills go up and sales are down. We're appealing for donations because that £200 should have gone towards rescuing animals."

Call South Yorkshire Police on non-emergency number 101 with any information on the incident.