Arson attack on charity shop
Burning paper was shoved through the letterbox at a charity shop in Dunstable town centre at the weekend.
YMCA manager Emma Stimpson was shocked to find charred paper remnants on the floor when she arrived at the shop at 8.45am on Monday, November 19.
Luckily, the flames had died out without damaging the Queensway store.
But a large bin at the rear of the premises was found severely damaged by fire.
The arsonist struck sometime between 5pm on Saturday and Monday morning.
District retail manager Ingrid Willis said: “It is upsetting. It is going to cost us £275 plus VAT to replace the bin.”
She was relieved that there was no damage to the shop and no-one was injured.
But she asked: “Why would someone want to target a charity shop that is helping young people in the area?”
She said it had been “a really hard year” in the town, with roadworks hitting trade and donations.
“So to have to pay out for a new bin – we could have done without having the extra cost,” she said.
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