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MLA Robin Newton slams 'low-lifes' who raided charity

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Robin Newton and his immediate family have earned more than £800,000 from the public purse

Robin Newton and his immediate family have earned more than £800,000 from the public purse

Robin Newton and his immediate family have earned more than £800,000 from the public purse

Thieves who stole thousands of pounds worth of tools from a brain injury charity have been branded "wicked and despicable individuals" who have no place in society.

East Belfast MLA Robin Newton said "words cannot describe the low-life type of criminals" who rammed the gates of Reconnect NI Ltd in the early hours of last Friday and stole tools worth £6,500.

The charity currently supports around 60 people living with acquired brain injury as a result of an accident or illness. The tools were used by people trying to rebuild their lives and increase their employability through gardening.

Head of fundraising for Reconnect, Madeline Donnelly, said: "We are appealing to whoever stole these items to please return them. Any donations are also welcome to help us replace the tools."

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