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Teenage Gang Steal Chocolate From Charity Gig

Thursday April 11 2013

We Are Barnsley We Are Barnsley

A GANG of teenagers paid out after they stole a giant chocolate Easter bunny from a charity gig at a pub.

The rabbit, filled with Ferrero Rocher chocolates, was a raffle prize at the gig in aid of Help for Heroes and went missing from the window of the Royal Oak pub at Platts Common last Friday.

Staff noticed it was missing shortly after a group of teenagers came into the pub and quickly left again.

Landlady Liz Hirst said a member of staff went looking for them when they noticed the rabbit had gone.

She said they were found close by eating the chocolate.

Liz, 54, said the people who entered the raffle were given their money back, but the culprits did hand over some money to reimburse them and was given to the charity.

"It proves that they felt bad about it and had a guilty conscience," said Liz. "We got about ten pounds back from them altogether and the rabbit only cost about five pounds, but that's not the point. They shouldn't be stealing it."

She said the theft wasn't reported to the police.

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Reply Posted by Tom Molloy on Wednesday April 10 2013 at 14:11
Damn right they should feel bad. I hope the police were called and their parents informed. Stealing from a charity is low and cowardly.

Reply Posted by kim on Wednesday April 10 2013 at 14:28
Why didn't they call the police. This is the problem the police don't get called so the kids get away with it and will no doubt steal again.

Reply Posted by Liz hirst landlady at the royal oak on Wednesday April 10 2013 at 14:30
It wasn't teenagers they were aged in their 20 & 30s

Reply Posted by Carole on Wednesday April 10 2013 at 14:42
Makes it even worse in my eyes if they were grown men. Whyever were the police not called liz

Reply Posted by Brookie on Wednesday April 10 2013 at 14:59
Its the type of pub that attracts customers like that...

Reply Posted by liz on Wednesday April 10 2013 at 15:12
What has the type of pub got to do with it? We are a family friendly local that was trying to raise money for help for heroes

Reply Posted by Fred on Wednesday April 10 2013 at 15:26
Lock them up and throw away the key!
Theiving scratters!

Reply Posted by anon on Wednesday April 10 2013 at 16:10
are u sure you've got the right pub with that comment brookie?? this pub is my local and its always friendly. they are always trying to raise money for local/good causes close to the communities hearts! all in all u dont expect this to happen in any pub/club/shop etc

Reply Posted by anon on Wednesday April 10 2013 at 16:54
Its my local too, ive had many meals there and enjoyed quiet drinks there and have never seen any trouble whatsoever. Dont blame the pub, blame the scum bags that nicked it!

Reply Posted by maxine on Wednesday April 10 2013 at 18:15
Don't be fooled of course they didn't feel bad for stealing the egg, they were sat scoffing it from what I read. They felt bad that they were caught! The police should've been informed really, especially if they were adults, as the story says..

Reply Posted by Jules on Friday April 12 2013 at 10:04
Platts common what do you expect, plus I agree with the type of pub comment