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Charity box theft!

A 35-year-old woman has been arrested and charged after a charity box was stolen from a hotel in Watford.

Victoria Evans, of no fixed address, has been charged with theft in connection with the incident at the Premier Inn hotel on Ascot Road on Monday 21 October.

Evans appeared at Hatfield Remand Court on 14 November, where she was released on conditional bail. She is due to be sentenced on 15 January 2020.

PCSO Letitia Rawlings, from the Watford Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Please make sure you’re taking the appropriate measures to make sure your charity boxes are safe and secure.

“We advise you to secure the charity box by its security cord to a static fixture, such as the till, and make sure you display it in a place that is manned by staff, such as a reception desk or a till point. If you have CCTV, make sure you place the charity box in view of it, as that way if it does unfortunately get stolen you’ll have footage to assist our enquiries.”

You can report incidents online at herts.police.uk/report, speak to an operator in our Force Communications Room via online web chat at herts.police.uk/contact or call our non-emergency number 101. If a crime is in progress or someone’s life is in danger, call 999 immediately.

Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report information online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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