Theft of charity box condemned

A COLLECTION box for an animal sanctuary which re-homed the beloved dog of a Bury St Edmunds woman who died suddenly in May has been stolen from a pub.

Shayna Gleeson-Bartlett was 30 when she died and her family had collected £115 towards the £300 rehoming costs by Hillside Animal Sanctuary in Norfolk.

The famil had placed a collection box on the bar at the Priors Inn near to where Shayna lived.

Shayna’s mother, who did not want to be named but who lives in Beyton, said: “I was just so upset that someone could do this because it was in her memory. We believed raising the money for Hillside was something of which my daughter would have thoroughly approved and it gave the many who knew her a fitting way of demonstrating their love for the kind and loving soul for which my daughter will be remembered.”

Ray Chapman, landlord at The Priors said that other collection boxes were chained to the bar but there had been no way of fixing the carboard donation box to the counter. He said regulars often left their wallets on the bar without problem and he believed the box had been taken by an unfamiliar group who had visited the pub.