Police cadets offer support to foodbank raided by thieves

20 Jul 2017 16:00 PM

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Our fantastic police cadets have gone the extra mile after a local foodbank was raided by thieves – by volunteering at the venue for a day.

In the past fortnight the Newcastle West End Foodbank has been struck three times by thieves who have caused thousands of pounds worth of damage forcing entry to the building.

They have also stolen cash from the premises although they left all the food untouched.

Sadly the raids have even forced the foodbank, based in Venerable Bede Church on Benwell Lane, to shut to the public as the volunteers who run it clean up the mess.

But today our police cadets joined Newcastle West Neighbourhood Policing Team to offer support to the foodbank in their time of need.

Three of the cadets joined PCSO Mark McDonald to clean up after the burglary, prepare food packages and hand them out to members of the public in the area.

It comes as officers ramp up their investigation into the incidents and put preventative measures in place.

Newcastle West Neighbourhood Inspector Alan Davison said: “There have been three burglaries at the foodbank in the past fortnight and it has had a massive effect on the local community.

“No food has been stolen but the burglaries have forced the foodbank to close which means they can’t carry out the positive work that has been seen so widely in the press in recent months.

“We are currently carrying out extensive enquiries into the burglaries themselves and preventative measures are being put in place to ensure they are not targeted again.

“However, in the mean time we wanted to show our support to the cause and our police cadets kindly volunteered their own time to support the foodbank in their clean-up operation.

“They have donated food and goods to the foodbank in the past and we really wanted to show our support to the local community and the people behind the foodbank itself.”

Enquiries into the burglaries are ongoing and we are continuing to appeal for any witnesses, or anyone with any information, to get in touch.

Anyone who saw anyone acting suspiciously around the building, or anyone with information about those responsible, should call police on 101 quoting log 297 17/07/17.