Appeal after charity theft

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Scarborough police are appealing for help to identify a man following the theft of nine charity bags in the town.

The bags, which were clearly marked as belonging to Mind, were stolen between 10.30am and 10.50am on Tuesday 14 May from Kingsway, where they had been left out for collection.

Although the bags contents are unknown, it’s believed they will have a total value of around £300.

The suspect is described as a white man who is around 5ft 10in tall. He was seen to place the bags into a pale blue or silver people carrier.

PC Lee Ridsdale, of Scarborough Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “It beggars belief that anyone would steal from a charity helping vulnerable members of our communities.

“If you are the man seen loading the charity bags into a vehicle and there has been a misunderstanding, I urge you to come forward straight away and contact the police straight away so that the matter can be cleared up.

“I also need to speak to anyone who can help to identify the suspect and ask that they get in touch as soon as possible.”

Anyone who can assist is asked to contact Scarborough police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Lee Ridsdale, or email lee.ridsdale@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting reference 12130077561.