Exmouth charity shop CCTV appeal

An Exmouth charity shop is appealing for public help to curb thieves who steal donated stock.

Cancer Research UK, in The Parade, is requesting donations of unwanted CCTV equipment to install in the shop.

Shop manager Kirsty Jordan said the move had been successful in Exeter when she managed a shop in Sidwell Street.

She said, thanks to a local firm donating new CCTV equipment, the charity had successfully prosecuted a number of people after goods were stolen.

Kirsty said finding empty hangers on rails was often the first sign a thief had struck.

She said other examples of charity shop theft included worn shoes full of holes being swapped for newer pairs, with the thief walking out in a pair of stolen shoes.

The manager said a handbag worth �200 was one item that was stolen within minutes of it hitting the shelves at the Exeter branch.

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Kirsty said: “I would really like CCTV. It would make me feel safer and make my staff feel safer.

“It makes my blood boil when people steal from charity shops.”

Can you help Exmouth’s Cancer Research UK shop with its CCTV appeal? Contact manager Kirsty Jordan on (01395) 272066.