Staff at a charity shop in a seaside town have been left "deeply upset" after their store was ransacked, leaving a trail of damage and forcing the store to close on its busiest day of the week. 

Sense's shop in Hamilton Street, Felixstowe, was broken into over the night of Friday, January 19. 

There was little stolen but the front and rear doors were smashed and the back office was overturned. 

Shop manager Tina Coleman discovered the damage early on Saturday morning and the shop was forced to close. 

East Anglian Daily Times: The back office was overturnedThe back office was overturned (Image: Sense)

She said: "The team are very upset and disappointed about the break in at our Sense charity shop – but we've all worked hard to sort the mess and mindless damage as quickly as possible and managed to reopen first thing on Sunday morning.

"We're now trying to make up the losses we've suffered and the warm support we've had from the community in Felixstowe has really helped us.

"We're determined to fight back and achieve even better results for Sense."

East Anglian Daily Times: The front and back doors were smashedThe front and back doors were smashed (Image: Sense)

The charity shop in Felixstowe raises funds to support people living with complex disabilities including those who are deafblind. 

In the wake of the break-in, Sense workers are calling for community support to help the store recover from the incident including stock and cash donations or applying to become a shop volunteer. 

Ms Coleman added: "We would welcome any help local people can give us, perhaps by making donations, by volunteering – or by coming in to do some shopping, say hello and cheering us up."

Anyone with information related to the burglary at the Sense shop in Felixstowe is being urged to contact Suffolk police, quoting crime reference number 37/3635/24.