Criminals steal £4,000 of prizes for Bury Hospice raffle
8:51pm Sunday 25th August 2013 in News
HEARTLESS criminals have stolen raffle prizes worth thousands of pounds donated to support seriously ill people at Bury Hospice.
Thieves stole the prizes worth around £4,000 from a Citroën Dispatch van loaded up in preparation for Glaston-Bury which takes place in the town tomorrow (Monday).
Organisers of the community event are now rallying around to ensure that the charity, which cares for seriously ill patients, does not lose out due to the theft.
A women’s DNKY watch, a projector and free football tickets for Bury Football Club were among the items taken sometime between Friday evening and Saturday morning from the van, which was parked in Hulbert Street, Elton. Hundreds of lanyards for Glaston-Bury were also taken, resulting in organisers spending more money to print the items.
Rik Brundrit, organiser, said: “When I opened the van on Saturday I was nearly sick when I saw the stuff had gone. Everybody knows somebody who has been in Bury Hospice. It is just not fair. The people that work there are only trying to give the patients some dignity in their last few days.
“People have been disgusted about what has happened and have been giving things for the raffle. The people who did this are the lowest of the low. if you leave your sat nav or your phone in display on a car seat you expect it to be gone but this is a lot more serious. People have gone out of their way to donate these prizes for the hospice.”
He said it will have been obvious to the criminals that the items were for the hospice as many of the gifts were wrapped in hospice colours and items in the van were labelled Glaston-Bury. He urged people not to buy any gifts that they think may have been stolen.
Mr Brundrit said the criminals switched on the lights inside the van, after prising open a sliding door. He believes there must have been more than one offender as there was too much for one person to carry and thinks they may have used a vehicle to transport the items.
The crime has been reported to police but no arrests have been made. Police presence in the area has been upped since.
Anyone with information about the crime should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
People who can donate prizes for the raffle should drop them at The Met in Derby Hall, Market Street.
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