Thousands of pounds worth of donated nappies and sanitary products meant for vulnerable women and families were stolen from a food bank in Salford.

Callous thieves broke into Salford’s food bank supplies, being stored on Mocha Parade, between Tuesday, August 14 and Friday, August 17, police said.

They then took nearly £2,500 worth of critical items which were due to be distributed to those most in need in the surrounding area.

Tom Togher, chief officer at Salford Citizen’s Advice, described the theft as ‘devastating’.

‘This was the beginning of a brand new project to make sure the local food banks had adequate supplies of sanitary products and nappies over the summer,’ Tom said.

‘This was a critical donation and we were devastated by the news.’

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Tom, who is also chairman of the Salford Food Share Network, said the ‘lorry-full’ of items, donated by Aldi, were due to be given to food banks across Salford.

Police have launched an investigation and are appealing for anyone with information to get in touch.

The items, which included nappies from the Aldi brand Mamia, were stolen from six pallets, police said.

Superintendent Howard Millington, from Greater Manchester Police’s Salford borough, said: ‘I have been a police officer for many years and regularly think that I’ve seen it all.

‘The theft of nappies from a food bank though, that is beyond low and has shocked even the most unshockable of police officers.

‘This food bank is there for the community when they need it most, and many of the items donated come from people within that same community.

‘We have already had people come forward with information to try and help us with our investigation, we are very grateful for this and hope it continues.

‘We are determined to find those responsible for this inexcusable crime, so anyone with any information is asked to call police as soon as possible.’

Anyone with any information is asked to police on , alternatively call police on 101 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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