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Dad’s anger after 12-year-old’s honesty tin is broken into

A Dickleburgh father has spoken of his anger after two thieves stole money intended for his 12-year-old son.

The incident happened at 5am on Tuesday, November 19, when two people were seen on CCTV driving up to the front of the house, before breaking into an honesty tin placed outside for the sale of chicken eggs.

“A couple of quite young people on mopeds rocked up to the front of the house with screwdrivers,” said Mark Woods, of Ipswich Road.

The incident happened at 5am on Tuesday, November 19 in Dickleburgh.
The incident happened at 5am on Tuesday, November 19 in Dickleburgh.

“My CCTV footage is not good enough for facial recognition, but you can see them in the act, with no shame; it’s just wrong.”

The culprits managed to steal less than £10 from the box, the proceeds of which go to Mr Woods’ son, George, a Hartismere School student.

“My son is gutted. He was very upset and it made him feel sick,” said Mr Woods, 55.

“It’s not the value that’s the motivation for these people. They do it because they have been brought up with no values and think it’s appropriate to steal from others.”

The family has had the money box located outside their home for the past two years.

“A friend in Rushall told me the same thing happened to him as few weeks ago,” said Mr Woods.

“I think people should be alert to these criminals going around, thinking that they are untouchable.”

The thieves were captured looking through the window of the house.

“When does it progress from petty theft to a break-in?” asked Mr Woods. “These people need to be stopped, they are a social cancer.”

A spokeswoman for Norfolk Police said: “We are investigating reports of an honesty box being pried open at a property in Ipswich Road.

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“Anyone with information is asked to call Norfolk Police on 101.”

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