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AN opportunist thief ran into a West End newsagent and snatched three charity boxes from the counter.

The culprit dropped one of the boxes in the Westminster Road shop but still made off with two boxes containing about £50 which would have gone to animal care and blind charities. The theft happened at the Gregal Newsagents at around 8pm on Thursday.

Shopkeeper Sumi Thara said the man had been in the newsagent about an hour before he returned to steal the money and was someone she recognised as “being around the shop all the time”.

Police are studying CCTV of the incident.

The man is described as white, wearing a white and blue jumper and was in his mid 20s.