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Thousands of pounds worth of NHS and care home PPE have been stolen during a burglary in Salford.

Just after midnight last night, police received a report of a PPE burglary at a commercial property on Trafalgar Business Park, Salford.

It’s been established by officers that late on Wednesday, three people gained access to the premises and stole 166 thousand pounds worth of masks, which were destined for the NHS and care homes.

The offenders fled the scene in separate vehicles in the direction of Great Clowes Street.

No arrests have been made.

It’s believed at least two of the offenders were men.

It’s also been reported by the police that the suspects were all wearing dark clothes.

The vehicles involved are described as a white Mercedes Sprinter, a grey Volkswagen Caddy, and a grey or silver estate.

Detective Inspector Chris Mannion, of GMP’s Salford District, said: “This is a particularly sickening crime when we are supposed to be protecting the NHS, care homes and one another from Covid-19.

“It is shocking to learn that there are individuals out there who are prepared to steal the equipment which protects vulnerable people and front-line workers.

“This was a targeted burglary.

“I appeal to anyone with information, regardless of the perceived significance, to do the right thing and contact police or Crimestoppers, anonymously, immediately.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 846 5345 quoting 42 of 07/05/20 or the independent charity – Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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