THIEVES have stolen five charity boxes from a village pub.
The offenders broke into the Greyhound Pub in St Martins in a night raid.
They took the five collection boxes in aid of Hope House Children’s Hospice, Chirk Community Hospital’s Scanner Appeal, Nightingale House Hospice in Wrexham, Midlands Air Ambulance, and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, containing an unknown amount of money.
The collection for Alder Hey was full.
They also took £7 in staff tips which were in the kitchen.
Owner Barbara Davies, who was asleep in the upstairs accommodation when the incident happened overnight on Sunday, September 1, said she wished they had stolen from the business.
She said: “I would have rather they had taken the spirits than the charity boxes.
“People put into them through their own goodwill.”
She continued: “I should have taken them upstairs with me, but then you should not have to do that.
“They were not on the bar, they were under the bar, so they were not on show,” she added.
Miss Davies, who has owned the Overton Road pub for 18 years, said nothing else had been taken during the break-in, which she discovered the following morning.
“It is not nice, it just unnerves you. It is the charity boxes that makes me want to shout.
“I hope none of them ever need these charities.”
She explained that the pub had a collection box supporting Alder Hey after her grandson received treatment there.
“That one was full. They were all quite full,” she added.
West Mercia Police spokesman Richard Ewels said investigating officers believed the offenders broke in through a window causing around £100 damage.
He added: “The burglary occurred between 11pm on Sunday, September 1, and 8am Monday, September 2.
“Police are appealing for information about the crime and those responsible and ask people with information to contact Oswestry Police Station on 101 or the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.”
Praising the efforts of West Mercia Police, Miss Davies said: “They were absolutely fantastic. They set up a scene of crime and were really helpful.
“The community have been very supportive as well, which reassures you.”