A WOMAN was given a police caution after being caught stealing from a local charity shop.

The woman, 23, was arrested and cautioned after she was caught stealing from Barnsley Hospice's Penistone branch.

Spokesman Dawn Charlesworth said: "We were lucky we had a very experienced shop manager who has spent all her life in retail and knew what to do.

"We rely on donated stock so it's a big issue for us.”

Shop manager Debbie Roberts was alerted to the incident by customers and went out onto the street where she flagged down a passing police car from Penistone station.

Police are believed to have blocked in a car to stop it leaving the scene and searched it.

"All you're doing is stealing from your friends, your family and the community,” added Dawn. "We're here for poorly Barnsley people.

”We're so dependent on the public and the support we get from them.

"It's a sign of the times unfortunately - thefts rise during a recession."

The hospice provides free care for patients in all areas of Barnsley and supports patients' families and those close to them.

It costs £9,178 a day to run the whole hospice and £2m is needed this year to keep it open.