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The meanest crime

07 March 2014

WOULD you believe it? The St George's Crypt charity shop, on Armley Town Street (above), Leeds, has been broken into and robbed.

In the early hours of 16 February, a thief broke through a basement window, smashed three fire doors with a sledgehammer, and stole £600 from the office safe.

The charity, which provides hope and support for hundreds of homeless men and women each year, has not only lost the money that people had worked so hard to raise, but ill have to spend thousands of pounds to repair all the damage. "And that doesn't take into account", the retail manager for the Crypt, Christine Lane, said, "the time consoling our staff and volunteers, who are all shocked and dismayed."

The projects director, Martin Patterson, is also deeply shocked. "It's all that business about stealing from the poorest and most vulnerable." It highlighted a very worrying trend, he said, because the nearby charity shop of the British Heart Foundation had been broken into twice.

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