'It is pure evil': Cruel raiders ransacked children's cancer charity offices in Northamptonshire

Burglars ransacked a Northamptonshire children's cancer charity before taking money from collection jars and vouchers intended for a raffle.

Tuesday, 25th July 2017, 4:02 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th September 2017, 12:05 pm
The raiders broke open a door to get into the premises.

National Children’s Tumours Leukaemia Cancer (NCTLC), based in Baron Avenue, Earls Barton was raided in the early hours of Friday morning (July 21).

CCTV footage shows breaking down the door of the charity offices at around 1.30am before stealing cash and wheeling a bicycle out through the front door 20 minutes later.

Founder of the charity, which looks after 48 families of children with cancer across the UK, Janet Walker-Smith, said the cruel burglars took £147.50 recently collected at Earls Barton Carnival, a series of vouchers donated for a raffle and a Claud Butler mountain bike she was due to use in an upcoming charity bike ride.

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The raiders broke open a door to get into the premises.

Speaking to the Chronicle and Echo today she branded the burglars as "pure evil".

She said: "We are mortified. The amount of damage they did was horrible.

"They used crowbars, they broke down doors. It is just heartbreaking to know that they have invaded the privacy of these kids.

"This is a charity for children's cancer. Why would anyone do this?

The inside of the NCTLC charity following the raid.

"It is pure evil."

Northamptonshire Police has issued an appeal for witnesses following the break-in on Friday.

But Mrs Walker-Smith is hoping anyone who comes into contact with the thieves or sees her white Claude Butler R2 to the police.

She launched the charity in 2008 shortly after her son was diagnosed with leukaemia and does not get paid for any of the charity work she does.

The raiders broke open a door to get into the premises.

Currently, she is trying to raise enough money to take a set of seriously ill children to Disneyland Paris at Christmas.

"It just breaks my heart that someone could do this to a kids' cancer charity," she said.

"I am hoping someone with a good heart will report this, or return it if they see this."

If you have any information that could help catch the charity burglars, contact police on 101.

The inside of the NCTLC charity following the raid.