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Thieves strike charity shop

PUBLISHED: 10:57 20 May 2010 | UPDATED: 10:13 12 August 2010

A CHARITY shop, which raises money for terminally ill cancer patients, has been targeted by thieves, writes Colin Mafham. The Harris HospisCare shop, Main Road, Biggin Hill, has been victim to a catalogue of petty thefts over the last few months, forcing

A CHARITY shop, which raises money for terminally ill cancer patients, has been targeted by thieves, writes Colin Mafham.

The Harris HospisCare shop, Main Road, Biggin Hill, has been victim to a catalogue of petty thefts over the last few months, forcing store manger Lyn Taylor to erect a protective fence behind the shop window.

Thieves have stolen clothes, bags of donated items left outside the shop during closing hours, CDs and books which they conceal in shopping bags.

A pram donated by one well wisher was stolen shortly after staff offered it for sale for just £50 outside the shop.

Ms Taylor said: "Anything reasonably expensive, like the pram for instance, we daren't put outside anymore, even though we don't really have the room in the shop, because it will go.

"The other week we had a lovely table and chairs out there and someone went off with the table.

"If we get something a bit more expensive, like designer clothes, they take it to the counter with no price on because someone's pulled the ticket off to try to get it cheap.

"Then they try things on in the changing room and leave them on and put their old clothes on the top. That happens all the time.

The shop takes more than £300,000 a year for the Harris HospisCare, which is based in Tregony Road, Orpington.

Ms Taylor added: "don't know how much more it could be because we don't exactly know what's being taken. just wish they would think about what they're doing because one day they or one of their family might need the care and service we give.

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