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Laptop stolen from Halfway Home Rescue Centre, Collingham

A BURGLAR broke into an animal rescue centre and stole a laptop containing vital information on all of the dogs that it cares for.

He also stole a camera used for taking keepsake pictures of the dogs, which are also put on the Halfway Home Rescue Centre's website.

A thief breaks into Half Way House. (38839416)
A thief breaks into Half Way House. (38839416)

The side door of the barn at the Collingham centre was found to be open on Saturday and it appeared the locks had been picked. Entry had also been forced to the office inside, and the security camera taken from that room.

Photos of the dogs are ordinarily saved to an external hard drive but some of the more recent ones had not been uploaded as yet, meaning they may be lost permanently.

A thief breaks into Half Way House. (38839450)
A thief breaks into Half Way House. (38839450)

The burglar, who was captured on another CCTV camera, attempted to get into the house on site where owner Valerie Hosegood lives, but failed.

Valerie said: "It is sickening. It leaves a bad taste in your mouth."

But she said she had been heartened by a donation of £2,000 from a Lincoln construction company, Daubney Ltd, who heard about the break-in and wanted to pay for a replacement laptop.

"I just burst into tears when the gentleman told me. People can be so kind," she said. "I have ordered a new laptop already."

She wanted to reassure people that no personal details of animal adopters had been stored on the stolen laptop

"People had been getting in touch, a bit worried, but I do not put any customer details on computer. It is all done on old-fashioned paperwork." she said.

All of the money raised by the independent charity goes directly towards helping the dogs, some of whom have been ill-treated or neglected.

Although the charity has limited funds to spend, it will now to have look at improving its security.

Donations can be made via paypal at www.paypal.com login, referencing 'break in' or by transferring money to account number 57154660, sortcode 30-67-76, again referencing 'break in'.

If you recognise the person pictured, ring Nottinghamshire Police on 101.

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