Razorblades and cat litter found in donated items to food bank

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RAZOR blades and soiled cat litter have been found in with goods donated to a food bank.

A box of sage and onion stuffing containing disposable razor blades and a coffee jar filled with soiled cat litter, a butter container filled with tea bags and kitchen waste were discovered by volunteers over the last few days in a food drop-off point for Burgess Hill Community Food Bank.

Father Kevin O’Brien, chairman of the food bank, said: “It’s impossible to imagine what someone thought they might achieve by doing this.

“It’s not only malevolent but pointless as there’s no way we would let these items go out to people.

“All items are hand-checked before being loaded onto transport and taken to a depot for sorting.

“The razor blades are the most disturbing. The other items present a nuisance but with this item there’s a criminal element – there’s intent to wound.”

Sussex Police have been informed and the items have been bagged up in case they are needed as evidence.

Father O’Brien said: “On a national level there’s been some negative things said about food banks - that they give to the undeserving poor and so forth.

“But a lot of the people we provide for have jobsbut need to pay the mortgage and bills and what has to go is food.

“Whoever did this ought to reflect that the people who need this help in the future may include their brother or their sister. They might need it themselves.”

Bags of food, which are given out at the Spire Cafe at St John's Church, are each intended to feed a family for three days.

Donations are checked at least three times for products that are out of date or require cold storage and all volunteers have been given food hygiene training.

The food bank was set up in June 2013 and provides food to about 150 people per quarter.

For details see www.burgesshillfoodbank.org.uk.

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3:10pm Sat 31 May 14

Uncle Ruckus (No Relation) says...

Absolutely shocking. How can people do something like this, and why?

The person/s who did this must be very unhappy, and I feel sorry for them.
Absolutely shocking. How can people do something like this, and why? The person/s who did this must be very unhappy, and I feel sorry for them. Uncle Ruckus (No Relation)
  • Score: 18

5:23pm Sat 31 May 14

David523 says...

Test
Test David523
  • Score: -6

5:58pm Sat 31 May 14

angrymonkey says...

what a low life one day they might want to use this service and see how feel to find . there is some real low life wasters now days
what a low life one day they might want to use this service and see how feel to find . there is some real low life wasters now days angrymonkey
  • Score: 11

7:32pm Sat 31 May 14

In the sticks says...

When I read the headline I thought, 'That's nice, not just food being donated but other useful items.'

The 'donors' who put these at the drop-off point should be made to eat them themselves. Even after putting politics aside, I still can't work out the minds of the filth that did this.
When I read the headline I thought, 'That's nice, not just food being donated but other useful items.' The 'donors' who put these at the drop-off point should be made to eat them themselves. Even after putting politics aside, I still can't work out the minds of the filth that did this. In the sticks
  • Score: 7

7:59pm Sat 31 May 14

Mr chock says...

David523 wrote:
Test
a test for what ? to see if the food bank would hand out the cat litter coffeeis ?
[quote][p][bold]David523[/bold] wrote: Test[/p][/quote]a test for what ? to see if the food bank would hand out the cat litter coffeeis ? Mr chock
  • Score: -3

10:11pm Sat 31 May 14

yaddab says...

Too sad on so many levels
Too sad on so many levels yaddab
  • Score: 5

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