Police look into three early-hours burglaries in Portsmouth

A CCTV image of the charity box thief

CCTV catches dopey charity box thief on camera

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A CHARITY box was stolen during one of three burglaries that took place early yesterday morning.

Hampshire police are investigating after the burglaries in Osborne Road and Clifton Road in Southsea during the early hours of yesterday.

It included the Cry charity shop and Kingsley’s bar, both in Osborne Road.

Around £25 was taken from the charity shop from a collection box.

Nothing was taken from Kingsley’s.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: ‘We’re investigating reports of three burglaries in the Osborne Road and Clifton Road area.

‘House-to-house enquiries and appeals have been carried out in the local community where we are reminding local residents about crime prevention advice, particularly securing doors and windows as the winter draws in.’

Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact the local Safer Neighbourhoods team at Southsea police station by phoning 101.

If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.