THE town’s Christmas spirit and generosity is being called upon by a Morley charity after thieves stole £300 worth of gifts meant for the community’s needy children.
The Salvation Army was broken into twice in a matter of days last weekend with the thieves stealing gifts donated by the community to bring festive cheer to those in need this Christmas.
The first break in was discovered last Friday morning. The office had been ransacked and money stolen.
The thieves then returned that weekend with a second break-in discovered on the Monday morning. Dozens of gifts, worth over £300, were stolen along with chocolates and sweets.
Morley Salvation Army Captain Tracy Harrison said: “We have been receiving donations left, right and centre. People are being really generous.
“These people are not going to stop us from doing what we do best. We will continue, regardless.”
The Mayor of Morley, Coun Andy Dalton, who chose the Salvation Army as his charity, said he and other community leaders condemn these “wicked acts.”
He said: “I call on all our good citizens to rally round the Salvation Army at this time of great distress for them.”
Insp Paul Sullivan, who leads Morley Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “I am deeply saddened by the thoughtless act of these offenders who broke into a charity and stole gifts for the community. It will have a significant effect on their Christmas.”
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