A gang of heartless thieves has raided a Food Bank in Salobreña emptying the premises of almost its entire stock of food that was destined for low income families who are struggling to cope.
It is the second time the premises have been struck, but on this occasion extensive damage was also caused to roofing panels as the gang moved about.
The raiders forced the doors to the warehouse which contained hundreds of kilos of foodstuffs going to families who are classed as socially deprived and struggle to make ends meet, particularly at Christmas time.
Managers estimate around 1,500kgs of food was taken from the premises.
Police have appealed for anyone who may have seen the gang moving such a large amount of produce onto a lorry or heavy vehicle.
The foodstuffs belonged not only to the Food Bank but also the town hall.
Measures are now being taken to improve security at the complex given that it is the second raid in two years.
The gang struck in the early hours of December 8 and had left by the time the storeman in charge arrived for work in the morning.
They not only took produce meant to go to local residents, but also foodstuffs that belonged to the staff.
So close to Christmas the theft is a blow to the Food Bank which has been providing a crucial service to families in the region.