Thieves pinch moose head

PUBLISHED: 06:30 17 March 2016

Exmouth Parade Hospiscare shop. Ref exe 8185-37-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Exmouth Parade Hospiscare shop. Ref exe 8185-37-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton


Hospiscare has been left counting the cost of a crime spree at its new town centre charity shop.

The charity, which provides help and care for patients and families affected by terminal illness, said its new Exmouth shop in The Parade has been targeted by shoplifters.

In the last month, a £15 fake moose head was stolen; a £25 men’s leather jacket and a belt was also pinched.

Lauren Fisher, Hospiscare shops development manager, said the charity was now reviewing its retail security policy.

She said the shop staff were working with police to help identify the culprits who stole the items, which were donated to the charity by members of the public.

The charity has passed on information to the police, including descriptions of the suspected shoplifters. A police investigation is ongoing.

Ms Fisher said: “Hospiscare has three shops in Exmouth and 19 in total across Exeter, East and Mid Devon.

“These shops are a vital part of our fundraising strategy. It costs Hospiscare £6million-a-year to provide a wide variety of services, with £1.25million funded by the NHS and the rest by fundraising events, community and business support, Hospiscare retail services, grants and gifts in wills.”

She added: “We are so grateful to everyone who donates items to our shops – our volunteers and staff work very hard to sort, clean, price and display them. We have contacted the police and are reviewing our security arrangements.”

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