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A huge well done to Aldi after stepping in to replace all of the items stolen from a local foodbank in Broughton. Truly showing the real spirit of Salford. Regional managing director Ruth Doyle at Aldi said she was appalled to hear that their donation to tackle period poverty had been taken from a storage unit at Mocha parade, Broughton. In a press release she said: The final distribution of the £2,500 donation to help women in period poverty and local families had been due to take place this week – but staff and volunteers were left in tears when they discovered thieves had broken in and cleaned out the entire unit. Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said he was delighted with the news and that he couldn’t thank Aldi enough for their kindness. Tom Togher, Chief Officer of Salford Citizen’s Advice and Salford Foodshare added: Salford City Council has identified new, secure storage for the donation. Meanwhile as we reported earlier today, police are determined to bring those who carried out this appalling act to justice.
Police have been made aware that between Tuesday 14 August 2018 and Friday 17 August 2018 there had been a break-in at Scene, the Salford Food Bank on Mocha Parade. It was reported that thieves had stolen over £2,000 worth of groceries from six pallets, mainly containing nappies from the Aldi brand Mamia, and sanitary products set for people who use the food bank. Police have launched an investigation and are appealing for anyone with any information to get in touch as soon as possible. Superintendent Howard Millington from GMP’s Salford borough said: Yesterday (20 August) City Mayor Paul Dennett slammed the ‘despicable’ thieves who broke into a Salford food bank to take nearly £2,500 worth of sanitary products and nappies donated for local women and children. The items had been donated by the Aldi supermarket to help women on low incomes facing monthly period poverty. They were due to be distributed today but staff and volunteers found the Mocha Parade storage unit in Lower Broughton had been broken into and cleaned out. The thieves had also tried to break into the nearby food bank but failed to gain entry. Mayor Dennett said he was both furious and heartbroken at the news. He said: Chief Officer Tom Togher, from Salford Citizen’s Advice which helped secure the donation, said staff burst into tears when they heard the news. Salford City Council is arranging new, more secure storage for the food bank and has set up a collection point at the Civic Centre for anyone who wants to help replace some of the stolen items. Items can be donated anytime between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday. The crime has been reported to the police. If you are offered any of these items, do the right thing and contact the police, this surely has to be one a new low for Salfords Criminals and they have targeted a charity that serves the most in need section of society. Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 1319, alternatively call police on 101 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Photo: Deputy City Mayor Councillor Paula Boshell and Gemma Griffin of Salford Citizen's Advice with the donated goods before they were stolen.