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Appeal to find culprit after cash collected for Air Ambulance stolen by sneak thief

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Landlady Kay Hayes says about £50 was taken Landlady Kay Hayes says about £50 was taken

A furious pub landlady says she is disgusted after a callous sneak thief stole a Yorkshire Air Ambulance charity box from her bar.

The collection was taken from The Rosse, in Saltaire, when staff were distracted during a quiet evening shift.

Now Kay Hayes, who has run the pub since December, has started a Facebook appeal to help find the culprit.

Already a post about the theft, which happened on Tuesday night, has been shared by more than 3,000 other Facebook users and attracted 96 comments.

“I am absolutely disgusted that someone could stoop so low as to steal from such an important charity.

“It’s outrageous, really despicable. I’ve been in the pub trade for 13 years and never known anything so mean,” said Mrs Hayes.

“It was an unusually quiet night when this quite well-dressed woman came in and distracted the barman saying she was waiting for someone.

“When he left the bar, she put her handbag in front of two charity boxes on the bar, lifted them to see which was heaviest and then used some little scissors to cut a security chain.

“She was looking around all the time,” Mrs Hayes said.

“Then she just slipped the box under her jacket and was off.”

Mrs Hayes said the box would have contained about £50 collected from donations and a weekly game played by regulars using Saturday night’s National Lottery numbers.

“There’s usually about £10 left over after winnings are given out and that goes into the Air Ambulance tin.

“It’s such a good cause and something anyone of us might need sometime.

“I just don’t know how anyone could bring themselves to steal that money,” Mrs Hayes said.

She told police that night and on Wednesday gave details to a police community support officer.

CCTV footage from theft at the Bingley Road pub is now with police.

Anyone with information should call police on 101.

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6:27am Sat 10 May 14

colgre says...

absolute scum....if there is any justice in the world i hope the culprit is very soon in need of an air ambulance herself.....
absolute scum....if there is any justice in the world i hope the culprit is very soon in need of an air ambulance herself..... colgre
  • Score: 12

9:36am Sat 10 May 14

Grumpygirl says...

Regrettable and reprehensible yes. But also an inevitable and predictable result of Tory austerity and Bradford's rising poverty and inequality. Did anybody see the two housing stories in yesterday's T&A? Posh houses are booming at the same time as housing benefit is rising. Tory Britain in a nutshell.
Regrettable and reprehensible yes. But also an inevitable and predictable result of Tory austerity and Bradford's rising poverty and inequality. Did anybody see the two housing stories in yesterday's T&A? Posh houses are booming at the same time as housing benefit is rising. Tory Britain in a nutshell. Grumpygirl
  • Score: -28

10:16am Sat 10 May 14

bullybullman says...

Grumpygirl wrote:
Regrettable and reprehensible yes. But also an inevitable and predictable result of Tory austerity and Bradford's rising poverty and inequality. Did anybody see the two housing stories in yesterday's T&A? Posh houses are booming at the same time as housing benefit is rising. Tory Britain in a nutshell.
Its got nothing to do with Austerity! Its down to low morals & dishonesty why turn everything into a political soap box ?

I for one am disgusted & I will call in at the Rosse today & donate £10 I would give them the whole £50 but I cant afford thats nothing to do with austerity it’s a wife & 3 kids !
[quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: Regrettable and reprehensible yes. But also an inevitable and predictable result of Tory austerity and Bradford's rising poverty and inequality. Did anybody see the two housing stories in yesterday's T&A? Posh houses are booming at the same time as housing benefit is rising. Tory Britain in a nutshell.[/p][/quote]Its got nothing to do with Austerity! Its down to low morals & dishonesty why turn everything into a political soap box ? I for one am disgusted & I will call in at the Rosse today & donate £10 I would give them the whole £50 but I cant afford thats nothing to do with austerity it’s a wife & 3 kids ! bullybullman
  • Score: 31

11:41am Sat 10 May 14

bunnyson says...

Grumpygirl wrote:
Regrettable and reprehensible yes. But also an inevitable and predictable result of Tory austerity and Bradford's rising poverty and inequality. Did anybody see the two housing stories in yesterday's T&A? Posh houses are booming at the same time as housing benefit is rising. Tory Britain in a nutshell.
This is not a new phenomena that is due to Tory austerity. It has been going on for as long as I can remember. Lifeboat boxes were a favourite in the sixties, and as a landlord I had a number of items pinched including brass and copper items, a plate that was made specifically for us, rock and various charity boxes, some with their chains!

It matters not whether The Tories, Labour or even a coalition is in power, these dishonest low life have always and will always be around unfortunately.
[quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: Regrettable and reprehensible yes. But also an inevitable and predictable result of Tory austerity and Bradford's rising poverty and inequality. Did anybody see the two housing stories in yesterday's T&A? Posh houses are booming at the same time as housing benefit is rising. Tory Britain in a nutshell.[/p][/quote]This is not a new phenomena that is due to Tory austerity. It has been going on for as long as I can remember. Lifeboat boxes were a favourite in the sixties, and as a landlord I had a number of items pinched including brass and copper items, a plate that was made specifically for us, rock and various charity boxes, some with their chains! It matters not whether The Tories, Labour or even a coalition is in power, these dishonest low life have always and will always be around unfortunately. bunnyson
  • Score: 16

1:58pm Sat 10 May 14

RollandSmoke says...

As is the case with a lot of pubs the Rosse has gone through a succession of landlords in recent years. Each have done what they can to get the place back to life including a very expensive refurb. Unfortunately there are unsavory characters around and the landlords do what they can to identify them and keep them out but with every change of landlord this process has to start again as the new landlord gets to know what's what and who's who. The undesirables will take advantage of this fact. It's bad enough that people feel the need to steal whatever their motivation to do so but to steal from a charity such as the air ambulance that saves lives is well out of order. I know that the local Biker clubs do a lot to raise money for this charity and they will not be happy about this. I wouldn't want to get on the wrong side of them. If the woman involved is reading this or anyone knows her I would strongly advise that she hands herself over to the police as if she is found by anyone other than the police she will be wishing she had.
As is the case with a lot of pubs the Rosse has gone through a succession of landlords in recent years. Each have done what they can to get the place back to life including a very expensive refurb. Unfortunately there are unsavory characters around and the landlords do what they can to identify them and keep them out but with every change of landlord this process has to start again as the new landlord gets to know what's what and who's who. The undesirables will take advantage of this fact. It's bad enough that people feel the need to steal whatever their motivation to do so but to steal from a charity such as the air ambulance that saves lives is well out of order. I know that the local Biker clubs do a lot to raise money for this charity and they will not be happy about this. I wouldn't want to get on the wrong side of them. If the woman involved is reading this or anyone knows her I would strongly advise that she hands herself over to the police as if she is found by anyone other than the police she will be wishing she had. RollandSmoke
  • Score: -12

2:37pm Sat 10 May 14

FinlandStation says...

I think this is a bit of a knee jerk reaction. The Rosse, in trendy and expensive Saltaire, isn't an archetypal hoodie dive; and the culprit is described as a well-dressed woman who owns a handbag.

Not a description of a typical “low life scum”. So why would an outwardly respectable lady risk her reputation and a possible criminal record for what is, in all probability, a very modest sum of money?

The poor woman must be desperate to need to steal. Grumpy Girl may just have a point about who is benefiting from the recovery. Clearly it is passing some people by. Although, of course, there can never be an excuse for stealing.
I think this is a bit of a knee jerk reaction. The Rosse, in trendy and expensive Saltaire, isn't an archetypal hoodie dive; and the culprit is described as a well-dressed woman who owns a handbag. Not a description of a typical “low life scum”. So why would an outwardly respectable lady risk her reputation and a possible criminal record for what is, in all probability, a very modest sum of money? The poor woman must be desperate to need to steal. Grumpy Girl may just have a point about who is benefiting from the recovery. Clearly it is passing some people by. Although, of course, there can never be an excuse for stealing. FinlandStation
  • Score: -7

4:27pm Sat 10 May 14

alive and awake says...

Why not show us the picture.
Why not show us the picture. alive and awake
  • Score: 4

5:11pm Sat 10 May 14

Albion. says...

alive and awake wrote:
Why not show us the picture.
It's on the pub's Facebook page.
[quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: Why not show us the picture.[/p][/quote]It's on the pub's Facebook page. Albion.
  • Score: 9

7:28pm Sat 10 May 14

madzippy says...

Grumpygirl wrote:
Regrettable and reprehensible yes. But also an inevitable and predictable result of Tory austerity and Bradford's rising poverty and inequality. Did anybody see the two housing stories in yesterday's T&A? Posh houses are booming at the same time as housing benefit is rising. Tory Britain in a nutshell.
That story has nothing to do with this .
[quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: Regrettable and reprehensible yes. But also an inevitable and predictable result of Tory austerity and Bradford's rising poverty and inequality. Did anybody see the two housing stories in yesterday's T&A? Posh houses are booming at the same time as housing benefit is rising. Tory Britain in a nutshell.[/p][/quote]That story has nothing to do with this . madzippy
  • Score: 3

8:40am Sun 11 May 14

Postman pedro says...

Will be popping into the pub to donate £20. It makes me sick to hear some low life scum can do this. It will be one day next week when I will be in as I've just come out of hospital yesterday.
Will be popping into the pub to donate £20. It makes me sick to hear some low life scum can do this. It will be one day next week when I will be in as I've just come out of hospital yesterday. Postman pedro
  • Score: 3

12:13pm Mon 12 May 14

Scouse bantam says...

Reading articles like this disgust me and I cannot understand why people (if you can call them that) can stoop so low as to steal charity boxes.After reading this article I wonder how many times this person has carried out this deed in other places which have gone unreported. It appears that this was planned and not the actions of a desperate person who in the circumstances would have been able to take both boxes. As in previous comments I will also send a donation to the landlady to pass on to the Air Ambulance and I hope that the person can be caught, SHAMED and brought to justice.
Reading articles like this disgust me and I cannot understand why people (if you can call them that) can stoop so low as to steal charity boxes.After reading this article I wonder how many times this person has carried out this deed in other places which have gone unreported. It appears that this was planned and not the actions of a desperate person who in the circumstances would have been able to take both boxes. As in previous comments I will also send a donation to the landlady to pass on to the Air Ambulance and I hope that the person can be caught, SHAMED and brought to justice. Scouse bantam
  • Score: 2

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