Thieves looking for a New Year’s pay-out have caused thousands of pounds worth of damage at the Irish World Heritage Centre in Manchester on the prowl for cash.
The attackers struck on the night of January 1 going into January 2 and gained access by breaking a window which will cost £2,600 to repair and replace.
Additional damage to the centre is to the value of £200-300, but after a successful run of events over the festive period it became clear that the culprits were after cash as they tried to break into the community centre’s office.
Fortunately, the tills and computers had been cashed up and were empty, so the burglars resorted to smashing two Macmillan donation boxes which had between £20-50 inside each of them. They had set off an alarm as they broke in which alerted staff to call the police.
Brian Kennedy from the centre told the Irish World: “They are the scum of the earth, stealing charity boxes from a charity.”
The centre have CCTV images of the thieves which they have passed on to police.
The burglary falls just before the second year anniversary of the centre’s move to its current premises, which falls this week. President Michael D Higgins officially reopened it, after the initial centre had been running since 1985.
It has been a huge success, with the £5 million development currently making great use of its facilities, including events in the main hall and education suite, since moving there.
The centre has completed its Stage 1 development and hope to raise a further £2 million over the next three years to complete the second stage which includes proposals for an adjacent hotel.