IT’S chops away for an animal sanctuary, which has been helped by crimefighters.
Packs of meat were recovered by police as they investigated a break in to Chapman’s butchers in Back Middle Street in Blackhall Colliery, between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
Turkey, beef, barbeque packs and frozen prawns were among the haul taken by thieves.
As the goods could not be sold on after they were found, and rather than let it go in the bin, calls were made to the Kays Hill Animal Sanctuary in Bishop Auckland to offer the meat for its dogs.
Sergeant Jim Peel, of Peterlee Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “The meat was seized during the investigation however it is not suitable for resale to the public by Chapman’s Butchers.
“Rather than the meat going to waste, it has been kindly given by Chapman’s to Kays Hill Animal Sanctuary in Bishop Auckland.
“So far we have made one arrest and a woman has been bailed until mid-January 2015 however we are urging anyone with any information relating to this offence to call Peterlee CID.”
The break in happened between 5.40pm on Tuesday and 5.40pm on Wednesday, with the woman arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods.
Cash was also taken in the raid.
Anyone who has information which can help with the inquiry can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.