Aquarium is latest to be hit following a series of break-ins in the town

Ilfracombe Aquarium is the latest to be hit by a spate of burglaries in the town.

The attraction was broken into overnight on Saturday and Sunday, September 19-20, with doors damaged, cash and staff tips taken plus a Marine Conservation Society charity box emptied and left on the floor.

Inspector Roger Bartlett said there had been a number of burglaries in the town over the past weeks, and added: "While we are keeping an open mind, there are aspects of the offences that lead us to believe that they may be connected and we would value any information from the public."

A burglar was disturbed at Belmont Grange on September 19, the Recycling Centre was burgled on September 17 and a safe stolen from Pip & Jim's Church on September 13.

Aquarium owner Lawrence Raybone said there was real sorrow that people out there were prepared to do that sort of thing: "It generates an enormous amount of sadness as far as the team here is concerned and we can only hope the authorities catch up with these people.

"Thank goodness none of the livestock were harmed and life support systems were not mindlessly damaged."

Anyone with information about a burglary can call the police on 101 or in confidence via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.