Thursday, 19 October 2017

Thieves steal Guide Dog collection box

A CHARITY collection box in the shape of a dog was stolen from outside a shop in Henley

A CHARITY collection box in the shape of a dog was stolen from outside a shop in Henley.

The yellow plastic box, which belonged to Guide Dogs for the Blind, was taken from outside Spirited Wines in Market Place on Tuesday last week.

Police said a man riding a bike was seen carrying the collection box at about 6.25pm.

Shop manager Jade Boussinesq said: ?My colleague was working that day and a customer came in and said they had seen someone walking away with it.?

?It?s really bad. It has been at the shop for about seven years. We take it outside every morning and bring it back in at night.

?It?s the best place for it because it?s such a good spot and people recognise it. It was very popular with customers, especially children.?

She estimated the box contained about £100 and said that someone had attempted to steal it six years ago but ran off after being confronted.

A spokesman for Guide Dogs for the Blind said the charity was ?saddened? by the theft.

He said: ?Guide Dogs for the Blind relies on donations from the public to transform the lives of thousands of people living with sight loss and would urge anyone who witnessed the incident to contact the police.?

Police said the suspect left the scene via an alleyway next to the shop, which leads to Market Place Mews, in the direction of Waitrose. He was wearing a black jacket with a hood and scarf over his face.

Anyone with information should contact Pcso Helen Anderson at Henley police station on 101.

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