ITEMS and cash worth more than £1,000 were stolen from a charity shop.

Staff at Barnsley Hospice, on Penistone's High Street, believe a man sneaked into the back of the shop to take possessions belonging to manager Debbie Roberts while she and two other employees worked in the front.

A designer purse, two mobile phones and £200 cash were stolen. The theft follows a shoplifting incident in November.

Assistant manager Emma Stephenson, who was working when the suspect struck, said: "It's awful to have something like that done to you. You just feel sickened.

"It wasn't my things that went but he did go through my handbag.

"We don't know him but we got a good description of him and we know what he looks like."

The charity did not suffer any financial loss as no stock was taken from the shop.

Police say the suspect was about 5ft 11ins, in his early to mid 20s, spoke with a foreign accent and is possibly eastern European.

Information can be reported to police by calling 101.