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THIEVES who burgled a charity shop for a children’s hospice have been branded ‘disgusting.’

The Naomi House charity shop in High Street, Cosham, was broken into last weekend.

10/2/2015 (PM)''The Naomi House charity shop in Cosham High Street was burgled over the weekend with around �270, a laptop being stolen and damage to the shop.''Pictured is: (l-r) Volunteers Margaret Armitage, Nan Crickmore and shop manager Lynne Morgan, inside the shop.''Picture: Sarah Standing (150220-6956) PPP-151002-113417001

10/2/2015 (PM)''The Naomi House charity shop in Cosham High Street was burgled over the weekend with around �270, a laptop being stolen and damage to the shop.''Pictured is: (l-r) Volunteers Margaret Armitage, Nan Crickmore and shop manager Lynne Morgan, inside the shop.''Picture: Sarah Standing (150220-6956) PPP-151002-113417001

Police have launched an investigation into the burglary, which is believed to have happened sometime between the shop closing on Saturday, February 7, and first thing Monday morning.

Thieves stole around £300 in cash from the takings and float, along with a laptop, scratch cards and between 50 and 100 £5 shop vouchers.

Lynne Morgan, store manager at Naomi House, said: ‘Our assistant manager came in Monday morning and the door had been smashed through.

‘It is disgusting. All the volunteers are really sad. They give their time for free to help, and somebody comes in and does this.’

10/2/2015 (PM)''The Naomi House charity shop in Cosham High Street was burgled over the weekend with around �270, a laptop being stolen and damage to the shop.''Pictured is: Shop manager Lynne Morgan with volunteers (left and right) Margaret Armitage and Nan Crickmore, outside the shop.''Picture: Sarah Standing (150220-6983) PPP-151002-113443001

10/2/2015 (PM)''The Naomi House charity shop in Cosham High Street was burgled over the weekend with around �270, a laptop being stolen and damage to the shop.''Pictured is: Shop manager Lynne Morgan with volunteers (left and right) Margaret Armitage and Nan Crickmore, outside the shop.''Picture: Sarah Standing (150220-6983) PPP-151002-113443001

‘It is a bit of a shock for us really that someone has done this to us. We are a charity shop for a children’s hospice - so the children are missing out now.’

Volunteer Margaret Armitage said everyone has been left in a state of shock.

‘I think it’s absolutely disgusting to break into a charity shop,’ she said. ‘We were devastated to think that had happened.

‘It’s awful, you just don’t do things like that, not to a charity shop.

‘All the money we get in here is to help children who are terminally ill, and teenagers who are terminally ill. How can anybody do that?’

Ms Morgan added: ‘Now it is just a case of trying to get back up and roll with it. We hope the community in Cosham will support us and get behind us.’

The Naomi House shop was unable to open on Monday, causing a loss in trade. It reopened on Tuesday, following repairs.

Hampshire Police has appealed for information about the break in.

PC Joe Hendry said: ‘It’s very sad that someone would chose to target a charity shop, particularly Naomi House which supports children and their families through very tough times.

‘If anyone can help with our enquiries, please get in touch. I’d especially like to hear from you if saw anyone or anything suspicious around the shop over the weekend.

‘If you know who’s responsible, please do the right thing and let us know and hopefully we might be able to recover the items that have been stolen.’

Anyone with information should call Hampshire Police on 101, or alternatively call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.