Thieves steal charity money from terminally ill children in Chorley
10:59am Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
Thieves who stole £500 of charity cash destined for a children’s hospice have been described as “the lowest of the low”.
The money, which pub goers had collected for Derian House, was taken during a break in during the early hours of Sunday at the Prince of Wales pub, Cowling Brow, Chorley.
After forcing their way in from the back yard of the pub, intruders emptied an envelope from a box under the till containing £260.
The envelope was clearly marked “Derian House money”.
A five litre whiskey bottle, used to collect loose change and thought to contain more than £200 was also stolen from the bar area.
Non-charity related cash amounting to around £340 was also taken during the raid.
Derian House, based just over a mile from the pub, cares for terminally ill children and teenagers from all over the region.
The pub customers had hoped to present the cash to the hospice in the lead up to Christmas Landlord, John Grainger, 56, who has run the Prince of Wales for just over a year said that he was “angered and upset” at the theft.
He said: “These people are beneath contempt. I would have been obvious to the scum that did this that this was charity money.
“Not only that, it was clear the money was for Derian House, a place held in such high regard by everyone in Chorley.
“A place which helps and supports children and families enduring the most terrible of circumstances.
“Every one of my customers is furious and there are a lot of questions being asked in this neighbourhood to try and catch who did this.
“If anyone knows anything about this please do the decent thing and call the police.”
Mr Grainger added that his customers had shown a “fantastic” response since the theft.
He said: “We’ve had some fresh contributions and a couple of musicians and bands have said they will perform one weekend in return for donations.”
A spokesman for Chorley police said that the theft took place between 12.45am and 10am on Sunday.
Forensic officers attended the pub in an attempt to lift fingerprints and detectives have appealed for anyone with information to call them on 101.
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