Police hunting ‘despicable’ thief who took charity box in Lyme Regis

PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 February 2016

A Guide Dogs for the Blind charity collection box

A Guide Dogs for the Blind charity collection box


Police are appealing for the public’s help to catch a ‘despicable’ thief who took a charity collection box from outside a shop in Lyme Regis.

The theft took place between 5pm on Sunday, January 24, and 9.45am the following day, outside the Pug and Puffin Gift Shop, in Broad Street.

The charity box, which is in the shape of a life-size golden retriever and two puppies, is used to collect donations for Guide Dogs For The Blind.

It was chained to the outside of the shop.

It is not known if there was any money in the box at the time.

Lyme Regis-based Police Constable Sean Cannon said: “To steal a charity box is a despicable act and I am asking for the public’s help to locate it. I am also appealing to anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious in the area overnight to contact me on 101.

“We don’t know the motive for the theft, so if the box was taken as a prank, we would ask those responsible to hand the box into police.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting incident number 25:108.

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