Busby’s Bric-a-Brac shop at the South Wight attraction was broken into sometime between last night and this morning (Tuesday), causing damage to the premises. The sanctuary’s farm manager arrived at work to discover the damage before alerting Police, who are now investigating the incident.
Although a till was ripped out and destroyed beyond use, the thief or thieves got anyway with no cash as the till had been emptied. In addition, a donation box located near the courtyard was also broken into but is regularly emptied and contained little or no monies.
In a statement issued on their Facebook page this afternoon the Donkey Sanctuary have said:
“We are saddened by the thought that a person would consider causing this damage. However the good wishes we have received have raised our morale.
“Thank you to everybody who have sent good will messages and donations to help pay for the repair”.
Derek Needham, the sanctuary’s Charity Manager, has told Island Echo:
“It’s that sense of community on the Island that is fantastic. People should be proud of living here when support is shown like it has today.
“Thanks to ICR systems who have been able to supply us a new till at cost price, which was delivered by 10:30 this morning. Our supporters are brilliant!”.
The attraction remains open as normal.
Anyone with information should contact Police by calling them on 101, quoting reference number 44160147773.