Charity money stolen from Shoreham church


Police are appealing for witnesses, after money raised for a young girl with cerebral palsy was stolen from a church in Shoreham.

Approximately £1,000 in cash, including money sealed in envelopes with the name Darcey Stride on them, was taken from St Peter’s Church, in West Street, in the early hours of November 13.

The money had been raised towards medical treatment for the six-year-old, from Shoreham Beach.

Also stolen was a red metal box containing about 40 keys, a silver Second World War ration box containing cash, an orange box containing cash and bookings, a number of cheques and three bottles of spirits and their respective optics.

Investigating officer Robert Rollins said: “The offenders involved in this case had removed a 3ft x 2ft safe from a wall to access a number of valuable items.

“Some of the cash stolen was intended to fund treatment to enable Darcey to have an improved quality of life.

“Members of the community had worked tirelessly to raise money for this brave young girl, and it goes without saying that her friends and family would love to see it returned.”

Since the incident occurred, two local men have been arrested on suspicion of burglary with intent to steal, and bailed until 1 February pending further enquiries.

Witnesses are urged to contact Sussex Police on or call 101, quoting serial 144 of 13/11.

Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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