Lifesavers and blind children hit by Sidmouth theft

PUBLISHED: 10:00 12 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:12 17 June 2010

CALLOUS thieves broke into a Sidmouth hairdressing shop and stole three charity collection boxes last week. A rock was thrown through the front door of Headliners on Radway Place between 6pm on Tuesday, December 30 and 7am on Wednesday, December 31 The th

CALLOUS thieves broke into a Sidmouth hairdressing shop and stole three charity collection boxes last week.

A rock was thrown through the front door of Headliners on Radway Place between 6pm on Tuesday, December 30 and 7am on Wednesday, December 31

The thieves took charity boxes for Blind Children, Sidmouth Lifeboat and Devon Air Ambulance, which collectively contained only £20 to £30 pounds.

Norman Curtis, owner of Headliners, was first told about the break in by a staff member from the Sue Ryder shop who saw the broken glass at about 7am.

Mr Curtis said: "It is just annoying more than anything. For the sake of about £20 it doesn't seem worth it."

The window, which is now boarded up, will cost in the region of £200 to £300 to restore.

Norman said he will not be replacing the charity boxes as he fears the shop would be targeted again and he "can't take the chance".

Leon Denning, a staff member, said: "It's disgusting. It's really low to steal charity boxes.

"There wasn't much in the boxes and one had just been emptied. It seems pretty desperate to me.

"The charity boxes were on the window sill. They weren't in full view so it looks like someone had seen them when they were in the shop.

"The people who live upstairs didn't hear anything but it looks like it happened in the early hours of Wednesday."

A woman not local to the area found a significant amount of coppers strewn behind Heydon's Lane next to the rugby field on the afternoon of Wednesday, December 31.

The money was handed in to the police and it is believed the cash is linked with the theft.

A police spokesman said: "This was a despicable crime. Stealing from charities including locally based charities.

"We would urge anyone with information about the offence to come forward and ask the public to keep an eye open for the charity boxes.

"If you come across the boxes don't touch them but call the police straight away."

Police are asking for anybody with information to contact them on 08452 777444 quoting crime reference number KS/08/866.


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