Anger after charity box theft at pub

Claire Bolton landlady at Bath Springs pub, Bryn
Claire Bolton landlady at Bath Springs pub, Bryn

A WIGAN landlady has spoken of her anger and disbelief after a pub-goer helped himself to the contents of a collection box for a sick children’s charity.

The brazen pilfering from the bar of Bryn’s Bath Springs and was captured by the pub’s CCTV cameras earlier this month.

Astonished staff passed the footage on to Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and a 33-year-old man has since been arrested and charged in relation to the incident.

Claire Bolton, who has been in charge of pubs over the last six years, told the Wigan Evening Post that she had never seen anything like it during her career.

She said: “I have had pubs in Wigan borough and elsewhere in Lancashire and of course you do get some incidents where items have been taken.

“But I have never seen anything like this; stealing from a charity box, all that just for the sake of seven or eight quid.”

Claire said the box on the bar of the Bryn Road boozer raises funds for the Make A Wish foundation which provides treats such as holidays for children with life-threatening illnesses.

She added: “It’s one of those cardboard boxes with bags of sweets in them and people are expected to leave a donation in return for a bag.

“It’s essentially a trust box.

“The charity said it couldn’t have been more than £10.

It’s beyond belief someone would choose to do this.”

This incident is not the first of its kind in recent months in the borough as a Poppy Appeal charity box was stolen from Fifteens at the Fox in Roby Mill on Remembrance Day last November.

And in 2013 two charity tins were pilfered from the Clifton Street Community Centre in Worsley Mesnes and again from the Boar’s Head pub in Standish.

A GMP statement said: “On Monday March 9 money was stolen from a charity box at the Bath Springs pub on Bryn Road in Wigan at around 10.30pm. A 33-year-old man from Ashton-in-Makerfield has been charged with theft and will appear before Wigan and Leigh magistrates next month.”