Double theft shocks Someroctes group

Terence Carpenter  Envoy for the Somercotes branch of the Salvation Army  looks at the damage to the door after the robbery

Terence Carpenter Envoy for the Somercotes branch of the Salvation Army looks at the damage to the door after the robbery

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A SALVATION Army group is picking up the pieces after thieves ransacked its headquarters twice in three days.

Burglars broke into the Sleetmoor Lane base of the Somercotes Corps of the organisation overnight on 14th January, stealing £100-worth of food.

Group members had barely finished clearing up the mess when the hall was hit again overnight last Tuesday (17th January), with speakers for a PA system taken.

But a local pub has already chipped in to help the group carry on delivering its food parcels as police investigate and issue an appeal for information.

Terry Carpenter, envoy for the Somercotes Corps, said the attacks were a blow after the group had recently spent £32,000 on refurbishing the hall.

But a call from the The Hawthorns pub in South Normanton after the second attack offered tinned food from a Christmas appeal staff had run for the group.

The donation helped fill the food parcels congregation members donate to needy local people.

Thanking the pub, Terry said: “That was a lovely boost on a bad day.

“Perhaps we’ll need to dig deeper into our pockets for extra security measures, but property can be replaced and it’s business as usual for us.”

Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to contact Derbyshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.