VOLUNTEERS with the Citizens’ Advice Bureau in Cosham faced a mammoth clean-up job after would-be thieves smashed through a wall to get inside.
The break-in took place some time between 5pm on Christmas Eve and 9pm on Sunday, December 30.
But despite leaving a trail of broken glass and other damage in their wake, the thieves took nothing – because, as chief executive Lynne Davies told The News, there was nothing to steal.
And the staff decided to take it in their stride, still offering last-minute help and advice to visitors yesterday.
Lynne said: ‘This is the second time in two months that the Cosham CAB has been broken into.
‘Last time they took the tea and the coffee.
‘We’re a free advice centre – there is nothing to steal.
‘They had a go at some filing cabinets, but didn’t take anything.
‘Last time, they removed a window to get in, but this time they smashed through a wall – it’s a temporary building.
‘But they made a hell of a mess.’
One interview room was operational yesterday, so that was where those seeking advice could find help.
But they still had to step over broken glass and other mess to get there.
Lynne added: ‘We’re struggling for funding as it is.
‘We’re really up against it as most charities are.
‘We don’t know if we have the funding to carry on operating next year as we are, without this happening. It’s so disheartening.’
The Cosham CAB, on Northern Road, opens on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
It will not be open today, but the staff hope it will be business as usual by Thursday.
‘We want the public to have confidence that we’re here to help them,’ Lynne added.
Anyone with any information on the attempted burglary is asked to call PC David Ronchetti at Cosham police station on 101.