Anger as thieves target woman’s egg honesty box

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AN ANIMAL welfare enthusiast is considering increasing security after thieves targeted an honesty box scheme outside her home.

Cherie Bonham said a dozen eggs or money had been stolen on three separate occasions this week from the good faith service outside her gate, in The Park, Great Barton.

The eggs are produced by her 17 former battery rescue hens and money collected in the honesty box pays for their food.

She has now been forced to change the arrangement and is directing people up her drive where they will find the eggs positioned under her kitchen window.

Ms Bonham, who has run the scheme for two years, is thinking of installing CCTV on her house for added security.

She said: “I’m so angry that people could do this as it’s such petty crime and such a small amount of money.

“I think people have more likely purchased the eggs and someone has taken the money out of the honesty box.

“Where they were, it was very easy for people to take whatever they wanted without being noticed.

“The money taken off me this week equates to almost one bag of feed for the hens, which is almost a week’s supply of food.

“A sack of feed is around about £8.”

Ms Bonham, who has five rescue dogs and been involved in animal welfare throughout her life, suspects a similar scheme in which she sells apples to raise funds for bears rescued in India and Pakistan was also targeted.

She added: “Every year we’ve collected £40 to £50 but this year we probably only had about £5.

“It didn’t mean very much at the time but quite possibly the same thing was happening then.”