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Man attempts to break into hospice after Gary Barlow visit

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Nov 02, 2013 | 8:28am EDT

British police are on the hunt for a man who allegedly attempted to break into a hospice to reportedly steal memorabilia which was gifted by singer Gary Barlow last month (Oct13). The Take That star recently paid a visit to Zoe's Place, a charity in Coventry, England which aims to help babies with life-limiting illnesses, to film scenes for Britain's annual Children In Need event. During the trip, the singer donated autographed Take That CDs, books and photos for staff to auction off and raise funds to help expand the opening hours at the centre. However, a man was found on CCTV footage attempting to illegally gain entry to the hospice last weekend (27Oct13), and officials believe he may have been targeting the centre to get his hands on the fan memorabilia after Barlow sent out a Twitter.com post which read, "Been to 'Zoe's place baby hospice' today and met some inspirational little people!" Fundraising manager Mick McCann tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "It's possible the centre was targeted after Gary Barlow's visit and it's even worse to think that they could have broken in to steal the memorabilia, items donated for us to raise funds. "We were told to keep the visit a secret but Gary was so touched by the people he met he tweeted about it after he left. As a result, local radio and media contacted us and we told them how he had donated items which we could auction which would be worth a lot of money." The suspect, who was filmed smashing the glass entrance, left with nothing and cops have now appealed to the public for help in tracking down the wannabe thief.

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