‘Sick’ criminals stole from Purbrook charity volunteer

BACK IN Fred Knight, far right, with PCSO Teresa Toms and Karen Gwyther and Andy Lamant, from Apollo Motor Group in Farlington. Picture: Allan Hutchings (132860-309)
BACK IN Fred Knight, far right, with PCSO Teresa Toms and Karen Gwyther and Andy Lamant, from Apollo Motor Group in Farlington. Picture: Allan Hutchings (132860-309)

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THIEVES who stole from a charity volunteer while he was collecting for a food bank have been branded ‘sick’.

Semi-retired Fred Knight was devoting his spare time to collecting donations for the Waterlooville Food Bank at Asda in Portland Road when the thieves struck.

Mr Knight, from Kennedy Close, Purbrook, said: ‘To steal from someone who is working for a charity – you can’t get much lower than that.

‘They are sick.

‘I was doing a good thing.’

Mr Knight has been a volunteer for about seven years.

He has devoted his spare time to help people in need on Christmas Day for several years.

However the 60-year-old had only recently started volunteering for Waterlooville Food Bank.

Mr Knight had left his station at the supermarket for a few minutes to collect some leaflets when the theft happened between about midday and 12.20pm on October 9.

He said: ‘I came back and my jacket had been taken.

‘My car keys were in my jacket. I was panic-stricken because I knew the car was locked.

‘Luckily the car wasn’t in the car park, it was parked a few streets away, which is probably a good thing.

‘They even stole my thermos flask and my sandwiches. I had to walk all the way home from Waterlooville in the rain because I didn’t have any money on me and I couldn’t get into the car.’

However, Mr Knight says his faith in human kindness has been restored after he contacted Apollo Motor Group in Fitzherbert Road, Farlington.

On hearing about his plight, the firm offered to do the work on getting his car unlocked free of charge.

Mr Knight said: ‘I felt so low.

‘The garage were wonderful. They are very, very nice indeed.’

Anyone who witnesses the theft taking place or has any information is asked to contact Hampshire Constabulary on 101.

Alternatively, contact the Crimestoppers charity by calling 0800 555111 where information can be left anonymously.