Thief steals children's charity mobiles

PUBLISHED: 01:01 20 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:54 10 June 2010

A HEARTLESS youth stole a number of mobile phones that were donated by a primary school to raise money for charity. The lad sneaked into the reception foyer of The Topsham School during the children's lunch hour and grabbed the fruit box full of mobile ph

A HEARTLESS youth stole a number of mobile phones that were donated by a primary school to raise money for charity.The lad sneaked into the reception foyer of The Topsham School during the children's lunch hour and grabbed the fruit box full of mobile phones.PC Claire Drinnan said: "We are disappointed that someone would try to steal something from the charity and we would like help catching him."Friends of Topsham is a school charity set up by the Topsham Parent Teacher Association to raise funds for additional resources for the pupils.The mobile phones had been donated by the pupils and were going to a company who specialises in recycling the phones, paying £2.50 for each one.The school is in dire need of new picnic benches for the children and electrical equipment. Anna Stimpson, Chair of the PTA, said: "We are very disappointed but not disheartened. We will continue with the collection."Claire Browne, head teacher of The Topsham School, said: "I think this is a very sorry state of affairs that this could occur in our local community. "The children are made more wary about how we live. It is a disappointment."The school has stepped up security in the reception area and introduced more security measures to protect the staff's personal property.Extra police officers will also be patrolling the area, partly to track down the criminal and also as a deterrent, through their visual presence, to other petty thieves.The offender is described as a white male in his late teens, of thin build, wearing a dark baseball cap, jeans and white trainers.The incident occurred on Thursday, February 14, at 12.20pm and the man is thought to have run towards the High Street.If you have any information please contact Crimestoppers on (08452) 777444 quoting log number 463.The Topsham School will be holding other events to make up for the funds lost. The next will be a school concert by Steve Knightly's band Show of Hands on Friday, March 14.

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