Shop broken into 10 times this year

A charity shop plagued with break-ins has said it could soon be forced to close for good.

The Relate shop in Lintonville Terrace, Ashington, has faced a series of burglaries and says the rising costs of repairs means it could be forced to shut.

The shop raises funds for the charity which offers relationship help for people in the town.

Manager Michelle Highman said: “We have been broken into ten times in the last five months.

“Every time we have to replace the windows, the doors, it’s costing so much we are going to have to close.

“We are being targeted so frequently, and they go through our stock, smash our window, steal our float, there is nothing we can do to stop them from repeatedly doing this.

“We are trying to raise money to help the people of Ashington, but we can’t do that if we are spending so much on keep fixing the window.

“We can’t afford to keep doing it.”

Michelle is now calling on any tradesmen who could help brick up the shop’s window to help solve the problem.

“We would rather work in darkness than have to close for good,” she said.

“I have been here for 11 years and we have been burgled every one of those years.

“Anyone who can help us we would be very grateful to.”

Anyone who would be able to offer any help to the service should call Michelle on (01670) 858356.

For more on relate, visit www.relate-nt.org.uk/charity-shops/ashington