Open letter: Let’s collectively move forward after Honiton Christmas lights money was stolen

PUBLISHED: 11:00 10 September 2018 | UPDATED: 09:52 13 September 2018

Duncan Sheridan-Shaw outside Tesco. Ref mhh 37 18TI 0678. Picture: Terry Ife

Duncan Sheridan-Shaw outside Tesco. Ref mhh 37 18TI 0678. Picture: Terry Ife

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Honiton’s deputy mayor has penned an open letter to the community after collection boxes full of cash were swiped from the town’s Tesco store.

The money was earmarked to help a committee deck out the town with Christmas lights this year - and the two tubs were thought to have held around £100.

Duncan Sheridan-Shaw, chair of the Honiton Christmas Lights Committee and deputy mayor of the town, said: “As many of you may now be aware two community donations pots were viciously stolen from Tesco Honiton recently.

“This was a low brow and brutal act that has resulted in one particular individual needing to count through coppers and loose change to achieve whatever goal he feels will benefit his existence.

“The few pounds he stole would have gone a long way to benefit every positive and just area of our community - recreational, social and economical.

“This “person” has stolen from you, me and our families.

“Yes, we have unnatural and sinister components to our local society but stronger than this we have a great resolve within our hearts to strive for success and get the lights up.

“We will do as we promised and we will continue to prove that Honiton has a deep rooted community spirit that can and will overcome any adversity.

“I urge all business and community groups to review their security around collection pots and push to form strong links with our local police force and ensure these despicable crimes become a thing of the past.

“Let’s collectively move forward with positive actions.

“Any sinister elements of our community need to recognise and understand that we will not be put off by their actions and we will continue to do what is required.”

Police are investigating the theft, which occurred in the foyer at Tesco, where a charitable book sale is currently being staged, at 7pm on Wednesday (September 5).

According to Cllr Sheridan-Shaw, the offender was spotted on CCTV wearing dark clothes, including a hooded jacket.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to contact police on 101@dc.police.uk or call 101 quoting CR/081876/18.”

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