Appeal after theft of charity box in Kempston

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Police are appealing for information following the theft of a charity box from a funeral directors in Bedford Road, Kempston.

The incident occurred between 12.10pm and 1pm on Monday, 22 October when a man entered the building’s reception area, grabbed a British Heart Foundation charity box from a table and then ran off.

He went down a cycle track towards the Slipe area, where he is believed to have crossed over a river bridge into Queens Park.

The suspect is described as a white man, of slim build and around 5’6”. He was clean shaven with short, mousey brown hair, who was wearing a blue tracksuit top and bottoms.

Gary Maxey, investigating, said: “We are keen to speak to anyone who has any information about this incident, especially a man with an Irish accent who tried to catch the offender. We believe the culprit is local to the area and would appeal to anyone with information in the community to come forward.”

Anyone with any information should contact police through the force’s online reporting centre or on 101, quoting reference 40/33099/18.

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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