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Hundreds of pounds donated for struggling families stolen from butchers shop

Hundreds of pounds worth of donations intended for people in need this Christmas has been stolen from a butchers shop in Rochdale.

The shop had raised around £300 in donations from customers, which they give out to struggling families and homeless people every year:

Every Christmas we put out a post to people in Rochdale and decide who needs it the most. We also do a lot for homeless people.

It has put us a bit behind this morning, but you just crack on with it.

– Stephen Bamford, Cryers Butchers
Staff posed in festive costumes to let people know the shop was still open. Credit: MEN MEDIA

Stephen Bamford, who is the owner of Cryers Butchers, said he found the back door wide open on Monday morning.

Around £200 worth of meat was also taken, as well as an iPad and a laptop.

The shop's owner is also offering a reward to anybody who can provide information. Credit: MEN MEDIA

A newsagent next door had also been broken into overnight between the 1st and 2nd of December.