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Donations worth £10,000 stolen from Buddhist community centre

The Buddhist Community Centre where £10,000 worth of donations were stolen Photo: ITV Meridan

Donations worth £10,000 have been stolen from a community centre on Hampshire.

Hampshire Police was called on Thursday, following a distraction burglary at the Buddhist Community Centre, in High Street in Aldershot.

A man and a woman entered the community centre at around 5.15pm and asking to be shown around.

As they were taken on a tour of the building, five other people, a man and four women, walked in and started searching different rooms, according to officers

When they had all left, just before 5.30pm, it was discovered that money and other items had been stolen.

Among the items taken were a suitcase containing £10,000 worth of donations, along with $1,000 and personal documents.

Kaji Sherpa, Buddhist Community Centre

“It is shocking that such a well-loved part of our community has been targeted in this way. “This community centre is used by so many people and offers great comfort and support to those who live and work in the area. “The money stolen is vital to keeping the centre running and was generously donated by the community. “We know that this will have caused huge upset but I would like to reassure you that we are doing everything we can to find the people responsible.

“If you saw a group of men and women in the area acting suspicious that day, please speak to us.”

– Chief Inspector Karen McManus

Anyone with information is asked to contact Hampshire Constabulary on 101, quoting 44180429793, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.