Anger at police response after man steals from Portsmouth charity shop

(l-r) Sharon Doran manager, Jan Wilson volunteer and Christine Dowell volunteer at the charity shop, Help 4 Special Children in High Street, Cosham

(l-r) Sharon Doran manager, Jan Wilson volunteer and Christine Dowell volunteer at the charity shop, Help 4 Special Children in High Street, Cosham

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SHOPKEEPER Keith Shaw has hit out at police after claiming no-one came to his store for an hour after a robber struck.

Mr Shaw, founder of the Help 4 Special Children charity which has a store in High Street, Cosham, said staff including 
an 80-year-old volunteer were left shaken after the raid.

He said: ‘At 12.50pm yesterday a man sauntered in, opened the till, took out notes and then walked out again.

‘We have volunteers at this store, one who is 80, and although he was asked what he was doing, we couldn’t stop him.

‘I called the police, but they did not arrive until 1.50pm.

‘It’s atrocious and I can’t believe that the world has come to this.

‘This wasn’t a robbery we discovered in the morning after opening up.

‘This happened in the middle of the day – there were witnesses and staff present.’

Mr Shaw, an ex-police officer, said that Hampshire Constabulary arrived an hour after the initial 999 call.

‘They arrived and said they only had seven officers for the whole morning and they were stretched,’ said Mr Shaw.

‘But that’s just not good enough – this happened in the middle of the day.

‘We will be lodging a complaint about this.’

Mr Shaw’s store sells items such as clothing, books and toys to raise money for his charity.

This is used to help children suffering from life-threatening illnesses from the Portsmouth area.

The News contacted Hampshire Constabulary, but no-one was available for comment.

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