A POLICE investigation has been launched after the windows of a charity shop were smashed and two safes stolen during a burglary.

Burglars smashed the windows of the Air Ambulance Charity Shop, on Rayleigh Road, Eastwood in the early hours of the morning and fled the scene.

Two safes, containing “money and documents” were stolen from the charity shop during the overnight burglary.

At this stage, no arrests have been made but enquiries into the burglary are ongoing.

Essex Police has launched an appeal for information after the incident on April 3 and are urging any witnesses to come forward.

A spokesman for Essex Police said: “We are currently investigating a burglary at a charity shop in Leigh.

“Officers were called to the shop on April 3, following reports of a burglary which occurred overnight. Two safes were stolen.

“Enquiries are ongoing and no arrests have been made at this stage.”

Essex and Herts Air Ambulance have nine charity shops located throughout Essex and Hertfordshire, offering a wide range of pre-loved items, from clothing to antiques, accessories, homeware, games, toys and books. All help EHAAT generate vital funds.

You can contact the independent crimefighting charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.