THIEVES broke into a Coventry food bank and stole items donated for vulnerable people during the Coronavirus lockdown.
Hundreds of pounds worth of food was taken from Foleshill community centre in Foleshill Road, in the early hours of this morning.
The raiders smashed a window to gain entry before making off with food and toiletries, along with electrical items and a small amount of cash.
The community centre is currently being used as a social supermarket to supply food to the most vulnerable members of the Coventry community.
Sgt Asa Morris from Foleshill police neighbourhood team said: “This is a horrible crime, taking food from members of our community that needed it most.
“There will be people in the community who suspect who’s involved and these offenders don’t deserve any protection.”
She urged anyone with any information to call police on 101 or Crimsestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Coventry City Council has issued an urgent appeal for help to restock the food bank shelves.
Coun Abdul Khan, Deputy leader of Coventry City Council and the ward councillor, said: “We are all shocked and saddened by the news of the break-in but our first thoughts are to ensure that those families and households in the Foleshill area receive their food parcel ahead of the bank holiday weekend.
“We are linking in with other partners, to co-ordinate this effort.
“The public can help by donating anything they wish to give.
“The one thing I do know is that we will not be affected by this because we have the support of so many groups who just want to make a difference and do their best for others.”
Anyone who can donate food can call Helen at the Social Supermarket and 07925 019330.
Alternatively, visit https://coventry.foodbank.org.uk/ or call 02476 993770.