Hospice cash is stolen

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CASH donated by grieving relatives has been stolen from a hospice.

Two men broke into St Cuthbert’s Hospice, Park House Road, Durham City, at about 8.30pm on Wednesday.

They smashed a large free-standing charity box containing money given by grieving families and friends.

They ran off after being confronted by members of staff.

Fiona Vallis, clinical manager at the hospice, said: “Fortunately, this is the first time we can remember anything like this occurring, and our security arrangements meant that only a small amount of cash was stolen.

“But this is a deeply unsettling event and an insult to those who have generously donated to the work of the hospice”

Pc Sarah Douglas, of Durham Crime Team said: “To break into a hospice whilst terminally ill patients are lying in bed and to cause such a disturbance is appalling and shocking.”

One of the burglars was about 6ft tall, of thin build, between 30 and 40 years old with fair hair.

The other was late 20s to early 30s, of slim build, and about 5ft 7in tall.