Newmarket: Charity bags stolen from outside shop

POLICE are investigating after two separate thefts of charity bags from outside a shop in west Suffolk.

The thefts happened last Friday and today with both occurring between 7.45am and 7.55am outside a shop on High Street, Newmarket.

During yesterday’s theft, shop staff chased a suspect, who was on a red bicycle, down Palace Street and into Sun Lane.

He has blue eyes and was wearing jeans, a dark top, a grey hat and a blue backpack and may speak with an eastern European accent.

Pc Derek Gallagher, of Newmarket safer neighbourhood team, said: “We would be keen to hear from anyone who is aware of any similar incidents in the town.

“We’re also requesting that no-one leaves charity bags outside shops when they are close.

“Most shops are happy for you to leave the bag inside the door if you’re in a rush. Leaving it on the street overnight or even during the day is an open invitation for theft.” A similar incident occurred on October 4 last year at 7.45am where a man was captured by CCTV cameras.

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Officers are still keen to speak to the man who may be able to assist with the recent thefts.