Callous thieves have targeted a community organisation who feed the homeless.
The Hyndburn Helpers operate from St James’ Church on Cannon Street in Accrington, offering help and a hot meal to those living on the streets.
A halogen lamp used to help light the outside of the church where they operate was stolen on Wednesday, February 4 as volunteers tended to the homeless inside.
Lisa Canning, one of the volunteers said they are disgusted at the theft.
She said: “We’re heartbroken, the lamp is crucial to what we do.
“Its a beacon to let people know that we’re there.
“The lights on the grounds of the church are owned by the council and they’re on a timer so they go off at a certain time so that’s why we need the halogen lamp.
“Its there to help us see what we’re doing.
“We were helping a man inside the church and when we came out someone had unplugged the lamp from the extension cable in the doorway of the church and just took off with it.
“The main concern is we don’t have the funds to buy another one, we’ve applied for funding but we don’t know how long it will take to come through.”
The Hyndburn Helpers set up outside the church on Monday and Wednesday evenings providing homeless people with food.
A spokesperson for Lancashire Police said the offender stole the lamp sometime between 7 and 8pm. Anyone with information should contact them on 101.