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'Volunteers shaken' as homeless charity broken into

Photo: Humanity Torbay

Police in Torquay says they're investigating a break-in at a homeless charity.

Bleach was poured across the office and draws emptied at Humanity Torbay on Union Street.

A computer was also damaged but nothing was stolen.

A Devon & Cornwall force spokesperson said: "Offenders broke into the premises in Union Street sometime between 4pm on Thursday 14 November and 9.40am the next day.

"Various rooms had been vandalised within the premises with crushed biscuits, coffee and hot chocolate, and papers thrown around. Damage was also caused to a computer and bathroom mirror. Nothing was stolen.

"Police are appealing for witnesses and would like to hear from anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious at the premises on the night of the offence.

"Anyone with information is asked to contact 101@dc.police.uk or phone 101, quoting crime reference CR/103242/19."

Ellie Waugh, CEO of the charity, said: "Can we thank the police who arrived quickly and were brilliant.

"Can we (also) thank the lovely mary mags and Sam the vicar who brought us tea and coffee over and all the community who came and offered us support and help

"And one of our volunteers dad who changed locks and we now have a fully functioning alarm system and cctv.

"We are all badly shaken.

"The real people that these sad disgusting people hurt was our clients as in the morning we could not deal with anything."

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