Police warning after spate of charity box thefts, including in Radlett

PUBLISHED: 14:15 11 October 2018

A charity box, like the ones being stolen around Hertsmere

A charity box, like the ones being stolen around Hertsmere

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Police are warning the community to be extra vigilant after a spate of charity box thefts.

Over the last year collection tins have been stolen from numerous charities around Hertsmere, including in Radlett.

PC Shazia Malik said: “Please help us protect people’s donations by keeping an eye out for anyone acting suspiciously around charity boxes and if you are displaying a charity box, make sure it is secure, and preferably covered by CCTV.”

She said the money tins should be secured to something inanimate in a highly visible place.

Staff should be aware of people’s loitering around or trying to distract them, such as dropping change.

Anyone with information about stolen donations should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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CountryPhile

I should probably have taken the hint! Walking out into the garden recently an unprecedented flock of thirty or more crows raucously greeted me from the treetops at the bottom of my garden. Cawing and croaking these big, black birds clung clumsily to the top most branches and twigs, jostling and flapping to stay balanced in a constant flurry of feathers. There is always something ominous about crows – they are after all carrion crows, the vultures of the bird world – always watching for scraps and weakness that might mean their next meal.

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