Thieves have stolen 80,000 face masks meant for NHS frontline workers from a Manchester warehouse.

Reports from Evening Standard reveal that the workers are not mere ones, but have made sacrifices to fight coronavirus.

The £166,000 worth of personal protective equipment (PPE) was taken from the warehouse of a medical supplies firm at the Trafalgar Business Park in Salford on Wednesday night.

Three suspects spent around two hours at the premises, first cutting a hole in the warehouse steel shutters so as not to trigger burglar alarms by lifting up the door, police said.

They then removed 320 boxes, or 10 pallets’ worth of the high-quality n95 respirator masks, that were meant for NHS staff along with councils and care homes in West Yorkshire.

Other medical equipment, including cheaper quality masks also housed at the site, were left untouched.