Thieves have been condemned from stealing ffrom Halstead charity shops.

David Coulthread, 46, of Pretoria Road, witnessed a man stealing from the donation bags outside the East Anglian Children’s Hospice, in High Street, Halstead, which get left there when the shop is shut.

Mr Coulthread said: “Stealing of any type is wrong but from a charity shop it is just the worst."

Simon Hempsall, EACH Head of Marketing and Communications, said they had not received a report of the incident.

He added: “As a charity we rely on voluntary donations for the majority of our income, including shop revenue. Any theft would mean less funds to support local life-threatened children, young people and their families.

“Although rare, we would urge anyone who witnessed any theft or suspicious behaviour to immediately report it to our shop staff.”



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