Thieves break into Ilford place of worship and steal fundraising money

PUBLISHED: 13:18 07 December 2018 | UPDATED: 13:18 07 December 2018

They broke in on Thursday morning. Picture: Darshan Chodha

They broke in on Thursday morning. Picture: Darshan Chodha


Two thieves broke into an Ilford place of worship and stole around £600.

Police were called to VHP Ilford Hindu Centre in Cleveland Road after burglars entered the premises at around 3.40am on Thursday, December 6.

VHP Ilford Hindu Centre chairman Darshan Chodha said before the break-in the centre had asked worshippers to buy a fundraising calendar and to leave the money on site.

“We last collected all the money that was there on Monday, but everything after that was taken,” he said.

“People were asked to donate £1 for the calendar, but some people left much more.

If you know who this is or have information about the incident call police on 101. Picture: Darshan ChodhaIf you know who this is or have information about the incident call police on 101. Picture: Darshan Chodha

“Police came in to take fingerprints, but if anyone recognises the people please call the police.

A Met police spokesman confirmed they were called to reports of a burglary and are looking into the incident.

“It is believed unknown suspects gained access to the building by forcing open a window between 8pm on Wednesday, 5 December and 8am the next day.

“A quantity of money is reported to have been taken from a donation box.”

Latest Ilford Stories

Alistair Coleman, author of the hit book Angry People in Local Newspapers, has been speaking with Layth Yousif about the cult publication about to reach the bestsellers lists...


Defender set to come against former club as Essex club make trip south of the Thames in FA Trophy

The second-placed club in the London Two North East will aim to finish 2018 with another win on Saturday


Redbridge will be desperate to bounce back from a torrid week when they host Sporting Bengal United this weekend.


West Ham United chase an unprecedented fourth straight win in the Premier League when they visit struggling Fulham on Saturday.

A market trader from Newbury Park has been found guilty of torching a £260,000 Ferrari during an arson attack in Emerson Park that was revenge for a business deal gone wrong.


Dave Rann was trained by top chefs Gordon Ramsay and Gary Rhodes and is the head chef of the newly opened fine dining restaurant The Gallery in South Woodford

The Wanstead-based club will aim to make the most of home advantage against H.A.C at the New Wilderness on Saturday


The Exchange in Ilford has added a state-of-the-art, Savannah-themed play area, with hand painted animal sculptures, to its brand new family zone, designed by American creative agency Playtime

Are you an unpaid carer aged 25 or over? Are you interested in working towards getting into or back into work? Do you need practical help and support to get ready for this big step? If your answer is yes to at least two of these questions read on.

Struggling to find a buyer for your home in a slower market? We speak to Ilford property expert Nina Kaura from Portico about the Crossrail effect and why getting things right first time will get you the best price for your property.

Newsletter Sign Up

Ilford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now