A CHARITY shop and wine bar in Colwyn Bay have been broken into, vandalised and the thieves have stolen valuable equipment.

The Colwyn Bay Pier Trust charity shop and next door Briggs wine bar in Penrhyn Road, were raided.

The thieves broke in by smashing a window in the charity shop and gaining access to the upstairs office of the next door Briggs wine bar.

They took a Mac computer and screen, a camera lens, back up hard drives from the wine bar offices and a cash box from the charity ship.

An unsuccessful attempt was made to break into the charity less than a month ago.

Hayley Walker, who jointly owns the wine bar with her partner Stephen Jay, said: “The burglars get through the Pier shop next door, and went upstairs, forced open our office door and stole a Mac computer and screen.

“Mt partner Stephen is a professional photographer and 10 year’s worth of his pictures and personal material were saved on the computer and the back up hard drives, which they also stole. In addition they took a camera lens.

“We are really angry and upset at the break in.”

Martin Austin, the manager of the charity shop, said: “This is the second time within a month we have been targeted. This time they trashed the inside of the shop and took a cash box, but there was very little money in it.

“Last time they tried to get through the door and smashed damaged it’s glass panel. This time they smashed a side window to get through.”

A spokesman for North Wales Police said: “The break ins have been reported to us and investigations are underway.”