Parrot’s charity box taken again

THE owner of a parrot who spends his days raising money for a life-saving cause has spoken of her disappointment after he was again targeted by thieves.

It is the second time in a month that the charity box has gone missing from Mr Magoo’s wall at the southern end of the High Street in Aldeburgh.

The popular parrot perches outside his owner’s house and poses for pictures with visitors and residents in exchange for a donation to the Royal National Lifeboat Insitution. Thieves first targeted the bird at the beginning of May and made off with around �100 – and it now appears they have struck again.

Last night Mr Magoo’s owner Diana Lovell-Pank said she was appalled by the theft and described the culprit as “pond life”.

She noticed the collection tin had gone on Saturday when she went to take it in for the night, which she had started doing following the last theft.


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“It is appalling,” she said. “I’m not sure what we’re going to do but we are not going to be beaten. I will not stop collecting.

“I think it’s incredibly sad that someone could do this. They are pond life. I was speaking to a family today who had come all the way from Harwich just to see Mr Magoo. Whoever is doing this is not just robbing the RNLI, they are robbing the whole town.

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“It is so sad that a human being can reach such a level of low self respect that they feel the need to steal money from a life-saving cause, raised by a bird. You can’t get more cowardly.”

The incident was reported to the police and anyone who thinks they might be able to help should call 01473 613500.

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