CROOKS have stolen charity cash donated to help make life easier for local blind people.
Partially-sighted cafe-owner Colin Nevin has always done his bit to help good causes, in his area.
But the 58-year-old was left disgusted when he discovered thieves had helped themselves to two charity collection tins which his generous customers had put their spare pennies in.
The two boxes, one for the Northumberland Blind Association, and the other for the Seamen’s Mission, were stolen from Nevin’s Nibbles, in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland, sometime on Saturday, December 19.
The thieves waited until staff’s backs were turned before grabbing the tins, which were chained to the counter, yanking them free and making off with their contents.
Today as police appeal for help to catch the thoughtless charity crooks, Colin, who is vice-chairman of the Northumberland Blind Association, has told The Journal of his anger.
He said: “It has come as very hard to us that someone would do this. I’m just sickened by it.”
Colin placed the collection tin for the Northumberland Blind Association, in his cafe after becoming vice-chairman of the charity. And when the local Seamen’s mission asked if they could also leave a box on the counter, he kindly obliged. But knowing that staff could not keep an eye on the boxes at all times he made sure they were properly secured with chains.
Generous customers regularly placed their spare change in the tins.
And Colin was aware that one person had recently donated a £20 note to help the blind, before the tins were stolen. “It must have happened when they didn’t have anybody near them,” he said. “I’m partially-sighted myself so I’m just disgusted that someone would take money that was going to help the blind.
“That money would have gone directly to help blind people in Northumberland. I will help any charity I can and I have done all my life.
“But we haven’t replaced the collection tins now. At the end of the day there may be people who are short of money themselves that have still been generous enough to put money in those tins and now it is gone.”
Police are now appealing to the public to help trace the thieves.
A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “At some time between 9am and 4pm on Saturday, December 19, someone has taken the two charity boxes from the counter inside Nevin’s Nibbles Cafe, Bridge Street, Newbiggin.
“One of the boxes was a blue coloured National Blind Association charity box. The other was shaped like a fisherman, and was for a local seaman’s mission.”
Anyone who was in the cafe that day and saw anything suspicious or who has any information is asked to contact police in Ashington on 0345 604 3043 ext 69191.