TEN shops – including two charity shops – have been targeted by burglars in Ashington in the last month.
Burglars targeted the shops during hours of darkness mainly in the Hirst area of Lintonville Terrace, College Place, Milburn Road and Woodhorn Road.
There has been ten offences in total with charity shops, including St Oswalds Hospice shop and Relate charity shop, being targeted by burglars using various methods to gain entry.
Enquiries into the offences are continuing and the area will be monitored by officers to deter and target offenders.
Ashington neighbourhood inspector Barrie Joisce said: “There has been a recent increase of burglaries to shops in the Ashington area.
“Some of these crimes have involved charity shops being targeted and in the most recent offence, charity tins were stolen.
“This is an abhorrent crime and results in the most vulnerable members of the community being deprived of much needed assistance.
“For someone to actively target these premises shows a total lack of regard for the community.
“I would urge any resident who has any information or knowledge of who is committing these crimes to contact police. Information will be treated confidentially.
“We are using a range of tactics to identify those responsible and prevent further offences.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, extension 69191 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.