Heartless thieves have stolen 80,000 face masks from a Manchester warehouse which were meant to be used by NHS and frontline workers fighting coronavirus.
The £166,000 worth of personal protective equipment (PPE) was taken from the warehouse of a medical supplies firm at the Trafalgar Business Park in Salford.
The suspects spent around two hours at the premises, first cutting a hole in the warehouse steel shutters so as not to trigger burglar alarms by lifting up the door, police said.
They then removed 320 boxes, or 10 pallets’ worth of the high-quality n95 respirator masks, that were meant for NHS staff along with councils and care homes in West Yorkshire.
Other medical equipment, including cheaper quality masks also housed at the site, were left untouched.