Charity store has to shut up shop after lead theft

PUBLISHED: 16:00 28 September 2012

Weston Hospicecare.

Weston Hospicecare.

weston hospicecare

A WESTON charity shop has suspended trading after thieves stole lead from the store's roof, which has left stock damaged after this week's severe rainfall.

Rain water has been gushing through the roof of Weston Hospicecare’s shop in Waterloo Street, ruining stock, carpets, fixtures and electrics in the store.

Although the charity has contacted the police it is not sure of the time the theft occurred.

Sarah Bostock, the hospice’s marketing manager, said: “Police have been informed but we can’t pinpoint when it was stolen. We only know that the lead from the roof wasn’t there on Sunday night because that is when it rained heavily and caused the damage.”

The shop will remain closed until the damage can be repaired and it is safe for employees and volunteers to return to work.

Police confirmed four 15-metre strips of lead were taken from the roof and officers are now investigating the case

Store manager Linda Kelly said: “I cannot think of a worse time for this to happen; we’ve had a month’s worth of rain in the 24 hours since the lead was stolen which flowed through the building, damaging the shop on the ground floor.

“Even if our stock had remained intact, it is not safe for our employees or volunteers to be in the store so we’d be unable to trade anyway.

“The loss of revenue this careless act will cause is unimaginable and will have a huge knock-on effect to Weston Hospicecare which relies on money from our shops to keep running its services.

“It is a huge blow, not only for us, but for the local people who support our charity via our shops.”

Waterloo Street is one of Hospicecare’s biggest and most profitable shops. The charity said it is likely to be weeks before the shop will be fully trading again.

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