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Burglars Ruin Christmas For Underprivileged Kids

Thursday December 19 2013

We Are Barnsley We Are Barnsley

CHRISTMAS could be ruined for sick and underprivileged children after a break-in at The Well Wish Society in Wombwell.

The High Street shop has been raising money and bought presents for ill and underprivileged children as part of its Christmas Wish Campaign.

But a break-in through the roof in the early hours of last Monday morning has devastated their plans.

The shop's safe was smashed open and about £2,000 was taken from fifteen charity boxes that were kept inside.

Electrical goods and clothing were also stolen, as was food being collected for the family of a three-year-old cancer sufferer.

It's a bitter blow for the charity which has been saving up since the start of November.

Chairman Phil Robinson-Jones said: "We would guess that between £1,700-£2,000 has been taken from the safe.

"To steal presents and money that's intended for children with cancer and their families is the lowest of the low. I don't think you can get much worse than that.

"It's pretty much wiped out our Christmas Wish Campaign and we're going to need a lot of help to get it back on track."

Music players that were stolen were for teenagers in Chancet Wood in Sheffield, which provides disabled youngsters with respite care.

Shop manager Vasco Yonchev says the charity will now try to rally around to make up for their losses.

He said: "We're going to have to double our efforts this year to finish the work we have started. We need to try and stay positive and be as effective as we can in the time we have left."

There was another break-in at Gabby's Florist two doors down from The Well Wish Society. Again, charity boxes were emptied and, bizarrely, a piece of cake was cut and taken too.

Anyone with information should call the police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting incident number 230 of December 9, 2013.

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Reply Posted by annie on Thursday December 19 2013 at 15:15
Absolutely disgusting, they should be named and shamed when caught! How can these people live with them selfs!! Please let us know what we can do to help these poor children who are suffering enough, and should enjoy what they can at xmas.

Reply Posted by adrian on Thursday December 19 2013 at 15:20
Absolute scum..if ur reading this u thieving rats it happens to u or a family member..evil wastes of space

Reply Posted by Maureen on Thursday December 19 2013 at 15:33
Whoever has done this despicable thing really need a good kicking, probably the only punishment they understand!

Reply Posted by Scott on Thursday December 19 2013 at 16:56
They prob will not get caught, police are too busy with trying to catch people speeding and going around with tv licensing people when they should be going round catching proper criminals

Reply Posted by Alex on Thursday December 19 2013 at 21:04
This kind of thing happens every year. What needs to happen with these arsehols is. When they get caught, they should be rounded up every Christmas, and then put in cells until after the new year, and if they have kids of their own, all the better!

Reply Posted by bananas on Friday December 20 2013 at 10:38
cops no who these scum are.

Reply Posted by Nicki on Friday December 20 2013 at 15:49
This kind of thing happens every year to somewhere that tries to make christmas special for poorly or disadvantaged kids, it's absolutely disgusting! How anyone can be so heartless is beyond me. I hope the evil bastards are caught and named, then hopefully some brave soul will give them what they deserve!

Reply Posted by lauren on Saturday December 21 2013 at 09:13
Probably some drugged up little scumbag in need of some stuff to steal for cash for there next fix

Reply Posted by me on Sunday December 22 2013 at 19:52
Absolute scum bags. Willing to help a wee bit. Just let me know.

Reply Posted by Paul on Sunday December 22 2013 at 21:03
Wombwell as had a problem with shop burglaries for years , the same shops get it every year ,, very strange that 1 shop chooses to keep money of that kind on its premises , especially so near to Xmas an with every bank in 500yrd walk with safes that av never been smashed open..and to think £2000 robbery making all the major tv channels and newspapers ,,
Think about it...