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Children's hospice break-in anger

Julia's House
The hospice offers an overnight respite service for ill children

A Dorset hospice for children with life-limiting illnesses has been left reeling after being burgled.

Laptop computers and DVD and audio equipment were stolen from the administration office at Julia's House, in Poole, early on Saturday.

Staff arrived to find the locked front door had been forced open.

Mike Bartlett, development director at Julia's House, said: "It is extremely low to steal from a children's charity doing its best to support Dorset."

He added: "We are all shocked and appalled.

"The office was left in a complete mess and whoever did this clearly gave no thought as to what impact this could have on Julia's House and the families we support."

CCTV footage of the break-in has been handed to police.

The hospice, at nearby Corfe Mullen, was set up in memory of Julia Perks, a children's nurse who died of cancer in 1997.

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