DONATIONS made to the RSPCA Aberconwy branch’s Llandudno charity shop have been stolen, thrown across the pavement, urinated on, and in some instances, set fire to.
The charity welcomes donations to be left outside its Mostyn Avenue shop inside a donation bin, but, on occasions, items are being left on the floor which the charity is not even able to accept and struggles to dispose of.
North Wales Police have been informed of the issues and have stepped up patrols.
Carl Lloyd, from the branch, said: “There appears to be a range of people doing this and we are aware of things being taken most nights.
“It is very sad to think that people are resorting to this and would urge anyone who is struggling to seek help.
“We introduced the donation bin to encourage donors to not leave items outside the shop as unfortunately some just leave things on the floor, particularly larger items that we also can’t accept.
“But even with the bin, we still get a lot of bags and large items being left outside.
“It means as well as donations being taken in the night – we see things being thrown on the floor, people have urinated on the items and someone even tried to set fire to them.
“As a branch, we really are saddened and concerned about this and really hope it all stops soon.
“We would urge those donating any items that can’t fit in the donation bin to please hand them into a staff member when we are open so we can ensure they are safe and that they are items that we can take.”
RSPCA’s Aberconwy branch has run its charity shop in Llandudno for more than 20 years, and all funds raised goes towards helping animals in the area in need.
Carl added: “We have some fantastic supporters in Llandudno and from the surrounding areas and we’d like to thank everyone who has made donations to us or who has visited us in our shop.
“We couldn’t do what we do for the animals in our area without you.”
You can find more information about the shop and the type of items they accept on their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/RSPCA-Aberconwy-Charity-Shop-101035008550472.
Police are to step up patrols in the area following the reports of such antisocial behaviour.
A spokesperson from North Wales Police said: “We have received reports of antisocial behaviour and ‘fly tipping’ late at night, at the RSPCA shop on Mostyn Avenue, Craig-y-Don.
“Local officers have spoken to the RSPCA, and have increased patrols in the area.
“Anyone with any information regarding these ongoing incidents should contact us via our live webchat online, or on 101 quoting reference B078969.”