Welwyn: Thief Takes Charity Box From Hospice

9 December 2013, 14:24 | Updated: 9 December 2013, 14:27

Police are releasing a CCTV image of a man they would like to talk to in connection with a theft that happened from a hospice in Welwyn Garden City.

The suspect entered Isabel Hospice on Fretherne Road on Tuesday November 19th at 3.35pm and took a charity collection tin.

A spokesperson for Isabel Hospice said; '"The theft of our yellow collecting can is a real blow for both volunteers and staff in our charity shop, as well as for the kind customers who donated the money collected. Without the generosity of the local community we couldn't continue to provide our free end-of-life care. Isabel Hospice must raise £2.6 million each year from charitable sources with only £1.6 million coming from the NHS towards our £4.2 million running costs. Every yellow can collection is therefore precious to us, as every penny really does count. It doesn't get much lower than stealing from a charity."

Officers would like to speak to the man pictured. It maybe that he witnessed the offence and could help with the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Herts Police non-emergency number 101 quoting crime reference number B1/13/2917. Alternatively call Crimestoppers, the independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111.