Cancer charity shop latest victim of Rhiwbina thefts

7 March 2017

A charity shop fundraising for cancer treatment in Rhiwbina is the latest victim in a string of thefts in Rhiwbina.

A number of items were stolen from Tenovus Cancer Care charity shop on Heol-y-Deri last Friday.

Tina Way, manager at the charity shop, says: “It makes you very upset that somebody would do it. It also makes you angry obviously because people are trusting us with their donations to make as much money as possible for our cause – to save people from cancer.”

She says the stolen goods would have paid for an hour of counselling.


In another incident, Gary and Amy Barnfield, who run Neat Heat Heating in Rhiwbina had pipes stolen off the top of their company van on the weekend.

They said: “They got away with only two pieces of copper piping but the cost of repairing the damage is much greater than the pipes are worth.”

These are the latest incidents of thefts in the area after a Partners and Community Together (PACT) meeting in Rhiwbina noted stolen goods from garden sheds and garages.

Conservative Councillor Jayne Cowan says it’s a worrying trend. She says: “I think theft is definitely on the rise in Rhiwbina. I’ve been elected for 18 years and I know that obviously with the birth of social media now it’s a lot more prevalent and people are interacting a lot more but we’re seeing so many reports.”

She added: “In the scale of things it’s only minor crime but to people they mean a lot and I think we need to eradicate it as much as possible.”

Councillor Cowan says she’s urging residents to “report everything to the police”.

South Wales Police have been contacted for comment.


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