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Thieves take cash box from charity
10:00am Saturday 31st August 2013 in News
“HEARTLESS” thieves have been slammed after swiping vital funds from a local charity.
Police are hunting the crooks after they stole takings and a donation box from an annual art exhibition in Malvern organised by supporters of Amnesty International.
The cash – almost £200 in total – was stolen from the Art for Amnesty exhibition at the Quaker Meeting House in Orchard Road at about 2pm on Monday.
It is thought two “suspicious” men waited until volunteer stewards were distracted before making off with a grey metal cash box containing the day’s float and takings of more than £100, as well as a green collection box containing more than £70 in donations.
Barbara Struggles, publicity officer for the Malvern Hills group of Amnesty International, said: “It’s absolutely heartless. You don’t expect it when it is a charity but sadly it seems it happens.”
Mrs Struggles said the timing of the theft, on the last day of the exhibition, came as a particular blow.
“It was not the note we wanted to end it on,” she said.
“We had a lot of people through the door and they all commented on what a good event it was and how impressive the art was. We were on a high and then this happens.”
Police have issued descriptions of two men seen “acting suspiciously” in the area. One was white, 5ft 8in tall, of slim build and wearing a navy T-shirt. The other was also white and about 5ft 8in, of large build with several tattoos and was holding a carrier bag.
Officers investigating want to hear from anyone with information.
People who can help with inquiries should call 101 quoting crime reference number 22CC/52816H/13.
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