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Church cake sale hit by thieves
CALLOUS thieves stole the takings of a tea and cake sale after distracting the ladies serving, making a dent in their efforts to help refurbish their church.
The event was held on the front lawn of Ealing Green Methodist and United Reformed Church. The criminals struck at about 2pm on Saturday, making off with about £300.
Michaela Youngson, superintendent minister for Ealing Trinity Methodist Circuit, said: "Normally people are really careful to put notes away during outdoor sales but someone had got them out to sort some change out.
"There were two of them, one distracted at one end of the table while the other took the money at the other end.
"What's really sad is if these guys had real needs and came to the church saying we can't pay our rent this month or need this or other, the church would find a way of helping."
Police were called and arrested two suspects close by shortly after. But officers have since closed the case because of lack of evidence.
Despite the setback, church members are determined to refurbish and reorganise their building to create space for more community groups. They are halfway to their £50,000 target.
Reverend Youngson, added: "£300 is a significant amount of money for anyone and was the result of a lot of cakes made, volunteers' time given and people buying them for a good cause.
"It is dispiriting but it's not going to stop us achieving our goals.
"There have been a lot of incidents in churches of all denominations recently, people dipping into handbags and things like that. It's important not to lose trust in people but you do need to take care."
Fundraising continues with a flower arranging masterclass Saturday from 2.30pm to 5.30pm, email email@example.com to find out more.
And another tea and cake sale will be held in the coming weeks.
Police will reopen the case if new evidence can be found. Call them on 101 if you can help.
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