Volunteer from Thrapston Foodbank was hit in the face as the gang steals charity emergency food

A volunteer from the food bank has been punched in the face, causing her to fall to the ground by a gang of men who then stole the food destined for hungry county families.

The female volunteer had been at Halden’s Parkway Warehouse, which was used by Thrapston Foodbank on Wednesday, Dec. 29, between 6 p.m. 14.30 and 15.30.

When she arrived at the unit, she saw three men – one slapping her in the face with force that caused her to topple – the men then stole food from inside the container.

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A spokesman for Northants Police said: “Thrapston police are looking for witnesses after a robbery in the town.

“Sometime between 2.30pm and 3.30pm on Wednesday 29 December, a woman attended a storage unit in Halden’s Parkway, which is linked to a food bank she volunteers with.

“When she arrived, the woman noticed three men, one of whom was pushing her before hitting her in the face, causing her to fall to the floor.

“The three men continued to take food from inside the unit before leaving.

“The victim sustained wounds and bruises as a result of the incident.

“Officers investigating the robbery would like to speak to anyone who may have been in the area at the time of the incident or may have any CCTV or dashcam footage from the area at the time of the act.”

Thrapston Foodbank, based at Thrapston Baptist Church, supports families in Thrapston and the surrounding villages. They offer acute and regular care / packed lunches as well as support and advice.

A statement on their Facebook page said: “After the horrific incident yesterday in which one of our volunteers was assaulted during a theft from our storage unit, our mood has once again been lifted by the kindness and generosity of our community.

“Huge thanks to Thrapston Farm & Garden for funding and arranging the replacement of our locks.”

Anyone with information should call 101 indicating event number 21000755238.

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