AN investigation has been launched into a theft from a Carlisle shop.

The establishment is a charity shop for a Hethersgill-based charity, Penny Jones Animal Hospice.

Nick Austin, a trustee at the charity, said: "We have about 75 abused or abandoned dogs from Europe mainly, some cats, horses, donkeys, pigs and birds.

"We have a shop at Earls Lane next to the main bus station.

"I run the shop and we are all volunteers.

"Every penny supports the Hospice.

"Unfortunately, we are having a spate of thefts.

"We have CCTV and got two culprits on pictures but we are not allowed to put a picture up or share on media.

"We have had about 10 items of clothes stolen, about £3 per item, in last two weeks alone.

"Every item has a hanger with a price on it.

"An empty hanger without something lying on the floor means theft."

Nick added that a webcam was thieved too.

A spokesperson from Cumbria Police said: "Police are currently investigating a theft from the Penny Jones Animal Hospice Charity on Earls Lane, Carlisle.

"The incident took place around 10:15 on Friday January 7.

"Items including clothes have been reported as unaccounted for.

"Anyone with any information is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555111."