A SEDGLEY pet rescue charity shop has been forced to close after it was vandalised twice in a matter of weeks.

Raven's Rescue UK shop on Dudley Street shut with 'immediate effect' after it was vandalised by a 'drunk man' who smashed the store's windows and doors and broke a lock earlier this week during an attempted break-in.

The rescue charity's founder made a heartfelt post online, saying the charity had 'no option' but to leave Sedgley following the vandalism, which comes only weeks after the shop's window was broken in a separate incident, she said.

Sarah Price, the charity's founder, wrote on Facebook: "At 2.15 this morning one stupidly drunk person decided he would kick the whole of Sedgley in starting with our shop. In those drunken moments the damage he did was enough for us to say we’re done. This has left the whole team sad and there have been tears shed. We have been in Sedgley for many, many years and always made welcome by the locals who today have all passed on their sympathy at the closing.

"Having had the window broken a few weeks ago by another drunken man we just can’t face it anymore and don’t wish to risk all our hard work. So the shop has been emptied and will unfortunately never be opened by us again."

Raven's Rescue UK cares for and rehomes abandoned and neglected animals and is run entirely by volunteers.

The organisation has another shop in Kingswinford which will remain open.

Sarah added: "We would like to thank all the customers who we will miss but some have already said they’re going to pop into our Kingswinford shop.

"Massive thank you to our volunteers who have ran the shop for us and thankfully will be joining us at Kingswinford.

"Thank you all again for your love and support and we’re sorry we have had to do this but we felt we had no other choice."

West Midlands Police confirmed the force is investigating an attempted break-in at the store, which they believe took place between 3pm on Monday August 30 and 10.30am on Wednesday September 1.

Anyone with information should contact police via 101 or Live Chat and quote crime reference 20/789361/21.