The UK's busiest foodbank has been forced to close its doors after vandals broke in and destroyed its main hand-out point.
Hundreds of people could be left hungry as a result of the devastating break-in, which took place at the Church of the Venerable Bede on the West Road, Newcastle - where Newcastle West End Foodbank dispatch food.
Over £1000 worth of damage was caused by the thugs, who smashed windows and sprayed fire extinguishers, meaning that poverty-stricken families could not collect their food allowance.
The foodbank, which opened in March 2013, has grown to be the largest foodbank in the UK, feeding more than 40,000 people in last year.
A spokesperson from Northumbria Police said: