Charity shop thief is ‘scum’

A callous thief who robbed £300 from an Ilkeston charity shop has been branded ‘scum’ by a worker.

Christine Sharp was working alone at Cash 4 Clobber , which raises funds for Derbyshire-based charity Cancer Relief UK, when a man burst in and stole the float money.

“Whoever he is he’s just lowlife scum,” she said.

“This is a cancer charity, which raises money for sick kids.”

The thief burst in to the Granby Street store at about 11.30am.

He barged into Christine, 54, knocking her out of the way, scooped up the cash tin containing £300 and fled up Granby Street towards Cotmanhay Road.

Christine, who was not injured in the incident, gave chase but he got away. She promptly called the police who have since been to the store to search for fingerprints but as yet no one has been arrested.

She said she is now afraid to be in the shop on her own and there are now plans to install CCTV.

Cancer Relief UK, based in Chesterfield, is a tiny charity run by husband and wife team Steve and Tracey Coupe.

Last year it struggled to get back on its feet after conmen stole £9,000 worth of stock.

The man was in his 20s and between 5ft 2ins and 5ft 4ins tall, wearing a black hooded jacket with the hood up.

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