Published On: Tue, Sep 23rd, 2014 on 6:50 pm

Vandals attack British Red Cross office in Armley, Leeds

British Red Cross Leeds

The British Red Cross office in Armley

British Red Cross is appealing for people to come forward with information to help catch the person or people responsible for vandalising their office on Armley Road in Leeds.

In less than four weeks, the same pane of glass has been broken three times, costing the charity over £3,000 in repairs.

The window was first broken on 25 August, followed by two further incidents on 4 September and then on 14 September.

British Red Cross operations director for Yorkshire, Andy Peers, said: “We’re shocked and disappointed that an individual or group appear to be deliberately vandalising our office in Leeds.

“We want to make sure every penny kindly donated to us is spent helping people in crisis. People come to us because they need our support, and it’s a great shame when valuable and limited resources have to be spent in these circumstances.

“So far the repairs have cost us over £3,000, not to mention how unsettling the vandalism is for volunteers and staff running our local services from the building.”

As a result of the damage, the charity is now investing in CCTV hoping to prevent future attacks.

Mr Peers added: “This money could have instead been spent on helping people here in Yorkshire.

“For example, with the same amount we could buy 250 wheelchairs that could be loaned to people recovering from and illness or injury, so they can keep their independence.”

British Red Cross services in Leeds include mobility aids, support at home, refugee support, international family tracing, emergency response, first aid at events and first aid training.

The police are now investigating the incidents.

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Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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  1. Teresa says:

    Lose faith in humanity when people do horrendous things like this.

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