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A charity store in Northampton, which helps protect vulnerable children and young people, has been broken into just three weeks after it opened.

Staff at the Barnardo's store in Abington Street interrupted the burglary so nothing was stolen, but it caused a lot of damage.

Barnardo's opening Credit: Barnardo's

Northampton's new Barnardo's store was opened with a celebrity appearance from Lisa Maxwell.

Staff had worked for months to get the shop up and running in Abington Street.

But just three weeks later, it was broken into.

Damage at Barnardo's in Northampton Credit: Barnardo's

It happened sometime between 7 and 8 in the morning on the 2nd November, a computer monitor, safe, wall and door were badly damaged.

The burglar forced entry to the shop by the rear fire exit, but before they could take anything, a member of staff disturbed them.

They left empty handed, but caused damage which will cost thousands of pounds to repair.

It was a massive shock to us, we want it to be a safe environment to work. All of our Barnardo's funds go towards our children's charity and this has added costs which has taken away from the children's charity now. It's upsetting for the volunteers, we want to reach out to the community to make them aware of what has happened to our charity.

Samantha Dean, Barnardo's
Barnardo's in Northampton Credit: ITV Anglia

Northamptonshire Police is appealing for anyone with any information about the break in to get in touch.

Meanwhile the staff at this Barnardo's store are now looking for donations and volunteers to help them recover what they've lost.