CCTV footage released of thieves who targeted Irish World Heritage Centre
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CCTV footage released of thieves who targeted Irish World Heritage Centre

MANCHESTER police have released CCTV footage of the thieves who broke into the Irish World Heritage Centre and stole charity boxes in a New Year burglary.

Revealed exclusively to The Irish Post this week, the image shows two hooded intruders who smashed their way into the building in the early hours of Friday, January 2.

One is wearing a distinctive blue and white hooded jacket, while the other wears a grey hoodie and blue jeans.

The pair caused more than £2,600 worth of damage as they smashed a back window to gain entry to the multi-million pound venue on Irish Town Way in Cheetham Hill earlier this month.

Once inside they grabbed two Macmillan cancer charity boxes from the bar area – estimated to contain between £20-50 each – before fleeing the scene.

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Speaking to The Irish Post after the incident, IWHC Operations Manager Brian Kennedy branded the thieves “scum”.

He added: “It just goes to show how low these people are to steal a couple of charity boxes for people who are raising money for people with serious illnesses.”

While it’s been business as usual at the Irish community centre since the incident, Greater Manchester Police are still searching for the thieves.

They urge anyone who recognises the people in this CCTV footage or has any information relating to the burglary to contact them on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.