Thieves target charity boxes in Seaton

PUBLISHED: 07:59 14 September 2016 | UPDATED: 08:02 14 September 2016

Seaton and District League of Friends shop assistants Pam Page, Betty Saunders and Carol Plunkett. Picture: SUBMITTED

Seaton and District League of Friends shop assistants Pam Page, Betty Saunders and Carol Plunkett. Picture: SUBMITTED

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Hospital League of Friends was amongst groups to lose money

Mean thieves have been targeting charity collection boxes in Seaton - at least two have been stolen in the past few weeks.

The first one was taken from the Seaton and District Hospital League of Friends charity shop in Fore Street by someone using either a knife or a pair of scissors to cut it free.

The manager of the shop, Louisa Clarke, said: “Whoever did this must have been watching for an opportune moment and acted very quickly as our volunteers are always nearby. The money in the box had been kindly donated by members of the public for our local hospital charity.”

One volunteer said: “How low can people stoop to do something like this?

“Local shops and anyone who has a charity collection box should be made aware of these recent cases and ensure that the boxes are well tethered and keep a watchful eye for these people who obviously have no consciences whatsoever to perpetrate such acts.”

It is understood that the second charity box to be stolen recently was taken from the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Anyone with information is asked to contact officers on 101, quoting crime reference 58798-16 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

● Seaton and District Hospital League of Friends raises money for the local community hospital and for Seaton Friends Hospiscare@Home, a nursing at home service for people who want to be cared for at home in their final months or weeks of their life. For further information, call League manager Lycia Moore on 01297 20143.

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