Paper round

Taking clothes meant for charity shops is not theft, according to the Metropolitan Police.

The Enfield Independent reported that officers reached this conclusion after clothes left outside a property in Chessington, Surrey, for Clothes Aid, the fundraising company that collects items to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity, were removed. 

The police said there was no crime to record because the items were on the street and therefore did not have an owner and could not be stolen.

Clothes Aid said there had been more than 81 arrests by other police forces in similar cases. Michael Lomotey, head of collection protection at the company, said: "There is need for action to stamp out this problem, including recognition that stealing from charity is theft."

An Oxfam charity shop in Urmston, Cheshire, has decided to take matters into its own hands in the fight against theft. The website This Is Cheshire reported that it had fitted a secure container where people can leave their donated goods. Marilyn Connor, the shop's manager, said: "The last thing we want people to do is stop donating, so we are putting this bank at the back of the shop to stop theft."

Metro reported that a customer at another Oxfam shop bagged a bargain when she bought a dress from the much-hyped Kate Moss collection for just £2; the dress's retail value is £60. Wendy Ryan from Southampton said: "I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the dress for sale for £2. It's an absolute bargain."

Individuals hoping to cash in by selling Moss's designs on eBay had little luck. Out of 50 items sold on the site after the launch, only 13 made any profit. A Topshop spokesman told Metro the store was delighted people were not profiting from the clothes. Presumably that doesn't include Moss or Philip Green, the owner of Topshop. HE SAID IT

'Why is the Tank Museum, which promotes a military view of society, a charity and CND not?' - Bruce Kent, vice-president of CND, writing on the website Intelligent Giving.

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