Bag stolen dur­ing church char­ity sale

Vic­tim urges thief to re­turn item which would have raised vi­tal money for chil­dren

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Zoe Drewett zoe.drewett@trin­i­tymir­

A WOMAN is ask­ing a thief who stole a de­signer leather hand­bag from a char­ity ta­ble-top sale to show some re­morse and re­turn it.

Fran­cis Smith was sell­ing some of her hand­bags to raise money for a chil­dren’s char­ity at All Saints’ Church, in Rye­field Av­enue, Hilling­don, on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 13.

Due to her self-con­fessed ob­ses­sion with the ac­ces­sories, she de­cided to sell some at the church’s ta­ble-top sale and do­nate any money she made to char­ity, as a good way to keep on top of her col­lec­tion, but she said one of her bags – a leather Dents hand­bag – was al­legedly pinched.

She said: “A lady came along and started ask­ing about one of the bags. I told her it was a present from my hus­band, but I have so many hand­bags I was sell­ing them to raise money to give to char­ity.

“I turned my back to serve somebody else and when I looked back the bag had gone.

“You just don’t ex­pect that sort of thing to hap­pen at a char­ity sale in a church,” she said.

The bag that has gone miss­ing was black with brown stitch­ing and had the recog­nis­able Dents glove mo­tif at­tached as a key-ring.

Mrs Smith, 65, who lives in Sweet­croft Lane just over the road from the church, said she be­lieves it was worth around £110.

“I don’t want the bag back for my­self,” she said.

“I just hope the per­son who took it has a conscience and de­cides to re­turn it to the church so that they can use it in one of their next char­ity sales.”

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