THE manager of a Redditch charity says she and fellow volunteer staff are "utterly devastated" after being burgled just two weeks after they lost the use of their transport following a crash.

Burglars raided the Boomerang recycle charity warehouse in Hewell Road between 2pm on Saturday, May 3 and 8.15am on Thursday, May 8.

After breaking into the main building, they then gained access to the office and prised open a filing cabinet.

They took CCTV equipment worth £100, a TomTom sat nav worth £100 and two Nokia mobile phones. They also took a small amount of cash.

The burglary comes just a fortnight after one of Boomerang's delivery drivers drove the charity's collection and delivery van under a low bridge, causing significant damage and making it unroadworthy.

Manager Pauline Thorne said: "We can't quite believe this has happened, especially so soon after we lost the use of our van. We're all utterly devastated.

"It is heartbreaking that we are trying our very best to do something to help other people who may be in need, and then someone comes and does this to us without a second thought.

"It seems like it's just one thing bad after another at the moment for us."

Boomerang aims to prevent goods and resources from going to landfill by passing them on to others at affordable prices, particularly families on low incomes.

It also provides a free service to those in need and promotes re-use and recycling throughout the Redditch area.

Police have confirmed the burglary and are asking for anyone who saw anything or has information to contact them on the non-emergency number 101, quoting incident reference number 119-S-070514.

Alternatively they can contact the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit

Anyone who feels they can help the charity out in any way can call Mrs Thorne on 01527 68250.