HEARTLESS thieves are targeting bags of clothes left out by Bexhill residents to help the needy this Christmas.
The clothes are left on doorsteps for charities to collect, but in some cases the festive donations have not been reaching the intended recipients.
Instead, the bags are stolen from people’s doorways and then later dumped after the
more ‘desirable’ or expensive items of clothing have been removed.
A total of 15 bags have been thrown away at Watermill Lane and on the Down by the thieves so far, making it a fly-tipping issue in addition to the stolen clothes.
Bexhill Police and Rother District Council officers are working together to investigate the crimes.
Both agencies are appealing for anyone who has information about the thefts or who might
have seen the clothes being dumped, to contact them.
Sergeant Dan Russell, of Bexhill Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “For these thieves to take advantage of the generosity of Bexhillians by stealing these clothes is despicable
enough but taking advantage of their charity this close to Christmas makes it even more
“If you any information regarding these crimes or any suspicious activity you believe couldbe related please call police on 101.”
A spokesman for Rother District Council said: “The thefts alone are disgraceful, but to then fly-tip the material they don’t want means they are making parts of our beautiful district look shabby for Christmas.
“We would urge anyone with any information on this to come forward.”
Members of the public can also contact Rother’s environmental enforcement team on 01424 787000.
Or contact Crimestoppers anonymously and free of charge on 0800 555 111.