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Cash stolen from group that helps vulnerable adults during burglary at Spread Eagle Court

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 10, 2014

Cash stolen from group that helps vulnerable adults during burglary at Spread Eagle Court

Spread Eagle Court

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HUNDREDS of pounds in cash was stolen from a group which helps vulnerable adults during a mass burglary in Gloucester.

Thieves broke into Spread Eagle Court in Northgate Street and targeted several businesses and organisations between 9pm on Thursday, April 3, and 7.15am on Friday, April 4.

They gained entry through the Gods of Ink tattoo shop and smashed their way into offices on the first floor of the building using a fire extinguisher.

Once inside, thieves searched the businesses, including a taxi company and an office used by Gloucester Liberal Democrats.

But a supported living provider for adults with learning disabilities, and mental health conditions was hit the hardest.

A member of staff, who did not want to be named, said: “It was a mindless act of violence.

“All of our paperwork was thrown on the floor and they stole our safe, which had £800 inside.”

Staff at Gods of Ink are organising a charity day to raise money for the group.

Manager Robert Cox said: “We feel bad because the thieves gained entry through our property.

“The group lost a lot of money and we want to put things right.

“They don’t deserve this, it is difficult enough as it is without this kind of thing happening.

“I think it was premeditated.

“The thieves searched the whole place and it looked like a tsunami had gone thought the building.

“It was such a mess.”

Robert said the tattoo shop is looking to move premises because of the incident.

An auction and face painting takes place at Gods of Ink from 11am to 6pm on Saturday, April 26.

Donations for the auction can be given to staff at Gods of Ink and there will also be a collection bucket in the shop.

Anyone with information about the burglary should contact Gloucestershire police on 101 quoting incident 45 or April 4.

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