CHARITY bags that have been left out for collection are being targeted by thieves.
The act has been described as ‘disgusting’ by student Kimberley Barber, who witnessed her charity bag being stolen.
Items including a boomerang, a rucksack and clothes had been in the bag.
The 28-year-old, of Bramble Road, Southsea, said: ‘The bag I had put out contained bric-a-brac for Age UK.
‘I had put them out late at night as they were being collected early the next morning.
‘Then in the night I heard rustling and when I looked out of the window I saw people rummaging through the bag.
‘That’s when I shouted “oi”, but they just ran off with it.
‘It’s disgusting behaviour.’
Michael Darnton, manager of the Albert Road branch of Age UK, said the problem has been going on for a few years.
He said: ‘It makes me angry as these people are cutting our life source.
‘We have less people donating items, so we don’t want what is left to be stolen.
‘But it’s difficult to catch and prosecute the offenders.’
People in the Southsea area can arrange a time to have their collection bags picked up.
To find out more call the charity on (023) 9229 1079.