Safe stolen during robbery at East Belfast Mission
Thieves stole a safe containing staff and volunteer tips during a burglary at East Belfast Mission in the early hours of Thursday morning.
It was reported that at around 1.30am three people forced their way into the Community Cafe on on the Newtownards Road in East Belfast and made off with a safe containing a sum of cash.
It is believed the suspects made off in the direction of Belvoir Street.
East Belfast Mission is part of the Methodist Church and is involved in social engagement and renewal and transformation in the East Belfast community.
It moved into its £23m state of the art premises on the Newtownards Road in October 2012.
An East Belfast Mission spokesperson said: "At 1:30am a bunch of men in balaclavas broke into our Community Cafe.
"They smashed an external glass door, destroyed the Cafe office door and stole the staff and volunteers tips. May God forigve them!"
Police are appealing for witnesses following the burglary.
Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone who has information that would assist with the investigation to contact officers at Strandtown Police Station on 101, quoting reference 163 12/04/2018.
Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.
The East Belfast Mission has started a JustGiving page in an attempt to raise £200 to replace the money stolen.
The group have already raised over £100 towards their target.
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