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Charity boxes stolen from car

Dated: 03 Feb 2012

Police are appealing for information after two charity boxes were stolen from a car in Gateshead.

Between 8pm on Wednesday, February 1 and 4.15am on Thursday, February 2, a Kia car, parked in Bessie Terrace, Blaydon was broken into and two empty charity boxes were stolen from inside.

Acting Neighbourhood Policing Team Inspector, Dave Carruthers, said: "This sort of crime is not only inconvenient and expensive for the car owner, but the fact these thieves were willing to steal from a charity is despicable.

"They have caused damage by smashing the car's side window. 

"I'd urge anyone who witnessed the incident or saw anything suspicious in the area between the relevant times to get in touch with us." 

The two collection boxes belong to a cerebral palsy charity called Heel and Toe Children's charity, it provides free therapy to children with cerebral palsy, dyspraxia and other movement conditions. 

Anyone with any information into the theft or knows the whereabouts of the stolen charity box is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.