Thieves target charity shop in heartless act

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A charity is facing a hefty repair bill after heartless thieves smashed their way into its farm shop.

Betton Farm in East Ayton is run by Basics Plus, a registered charity and social enterprise providing employment opportunities for people with learning difficulties.

At 3.30am on Saturday the windows and doors at the shop in Racecourse Lane were smashed open before the intruders made off with chocolate, sweets, cans of pop and a small amount of cash from the till.

Despite the shock the farm and its cafe managed to open on Mother’s Day.

Avis Turner, who formed Betton Farm in 1990, told The Scarborough News she was distraught at the burglary.

She said: “Including the damage to the doors and windows and the lost stock it is going to cost us a couple of thousand pounds.

“We are also going to have to install a costly CCTV system on the back of this.

“It is just so upsetting.

“It makes you feel sick to your stomach when you get the call but everyone has rallied around and we got back open in time for Mother’s Day.”

Police are now investigating the break-in and have urged anyone who may have any information to call the 101 number, quoting crime number 12150041718.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.