Callous thieves steal from Foodbank


Heartless thieves have broken into Wokingham’s Foodbank over the weekend.

The Rose Street building provides emergency food parcels for people in desperate need, with packages including toiletries and other essentials.

At some point between Saturday evening and Monday morning the offices were burgled, with a laptop stolen.

It may have taken place while the Winter Carnival was on.

David Atkinson, who runs the Foodbank, said: “The thieves broke a small window at the front of the premises, and entered by removing the window lock and opening the casement window.

“It’s really disappointing that we would be targeted when we are here trying to help those who are struggling to feed themselves.”

The theft comes as the foodbank prepared to launch an appeal for festive food to give to its clients.

Christmas items are requested as donations to Wokingham's Foodbank
Christmas items are requested as donations to Wokingham’s Foodbank

Speaking before the break in Mr Atkinson said: “We’d love donations of Christmas crackers, mince pies, Christmas puddings, tinned hams and sausages, Christmas biscuit boxes, crackers and selection boxes. These are all the things that we can give to someone to make a Christmas lunch.

“We don’t need any Advent calendars though.”

Donations can be left in most of Wokingham’s churches, in supermarkets including Tesco and Waitrose and at the Rose Street branch.

For more details, log on to wokingham.foodbank.org.uk or call 07926 524605.

If you have any information on the break in, you can call Thames Valley Police on 101.

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Phil Creighton

Publisher of The Wokingham Paper

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