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‘Scum bags’ on the prowl

A SOLIHULL resident who witnessed a man taking bags full of clothes meant for charity has described him as a “scum bag”.

A SOLIHULL resident who witnessed a man taking bags full of clothes meant for charity has described him as a “scum bag”.

Sheila Kington, who lives on Dovecote Close, said her neighbours have also seen the same man bundle bags into his white van.

This week residents saw the man take bags that were left out for cash-stricken childrens’ charity Acorns. The charity’s legitimate driver came by hours later to find no bags waiting for him.

“I saw him load all the bags into his plain, white van and drive off - I thought it was funny that the van had no markings,” said Mrs Knighton.

A spokesperson for Acorns said that bag snatching is unfortunately quite common.

“It’s such a shame that our supportive community, who think they are donating items for sale in our shops, are being conned in this way,” said Janice McPherson, head of retail.

To combat the problem, Mrs McPherson added that Acorns had recently kitted all their collectors out in distinctive green uniforms and all their vans now clearly carry the Acorns logo.

 

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