HEARTLESS thieves have been stealing bags of clothes from doorsteps in Solihull intended for a children’s charity, according to borough residents.
Bosses of national charity Starlight, which helps seriously ill children, say they are ‘appalled’ after receiving reports about the thefts in the area.
Neville Road resident Richard Partridge contacted the Solihull News after he said a bag full of clothes was stolen from his drive last week.
The former police officer said: “We had a Starlight bag pushed through our letter box and we decided to use it to recycle some our clothes for charity.
“We put the bag full of clothes outside but my wife became suspicious when she saw a man pull up in a normal car.
“She watched the man tear open the bag, discard the ripped bag on the drive and take the clothes.
“We managed to get the car’s registration number and after calling the charity, I understand they have not issued charity bags in Solihull for several months.
“A similar thing happened to my daughter a few days earlier. I think people should be aware of what is happening.”
Neil Swan, chief executive of Starlight Children’s Foundation, said, “I can confirm that we have received a report of some recent abuse of Starlight’s charity recycling scheme in the West Midlands and that the police are now taking action on this matter.
“Starlight, which is a national children’s charity that brightens the lives of seriously ill children, has had great success with its charity recycling scheme and we are appalled that a small number of persons have exploited this excellent initiative and the charitable support of members of the public.”