TWO charity shops were targeted in late night break-ins.

Thames Valley Police spokesman James Williams confirmed The Changing Lives charity shop and the Shaw Trust shop, both in Broadway, Didcot were broken into over Friday night, into Saturday Morning.

A laptop, tablet and vouchers were taken from the Shaw Trust.

While nothing was taken from Changing Lives, damage was done to a back door which could cost hundreds of pounds to replace.

Val Prior, manager of Changing Lives, said the shop had been tipped off that burglaries are on the rise in the area and had removed takings as a precaution.

She said the shop's CCTV cameras had captured the offender breaking in at 1.30am, using a breeze block and a stake to force open the door.

She added: "It is quite a low thing to do. We are set up to help people and if he had come in and asked for help, we would have done what we could.

"It is the inconvenience caused more than anything but we've had an offer to repair the door for free which restores your trust in humanity."

Ms Prior urged anyone who might have seen anything unusual at the time to come forward added: "We can cope with this but we want to stop it happening to any other businesses."

Police have appealed for anyone with information to come forward and call 101.