Man is wanted for heartless theft from a fundraising campaign for a Felpham girl


A CALLOUS man is wanted in connection with a heartless theft from a Bognor Regis shop.

The male stole hundreds of pounds of clothing after he claimed to be involved in a fundraising appeal for seven-year-old Felpham girl Issey Riley who has been treated for a brain tumour.

He took advantage of a forthcoming night to raise money for the Pray for Issey campaign by tricking the staff of a Bognor Regis shop.

Police have released CCTV footage of a man they would like to speak to in relation with the theft.

PC Emma Howard said: “Both the Riley family and the event organisers are horrified that someone has done this.

“We would like to speak to anyone who saw the thief in the store or who recognises the man in the CCTV.
“Anyone who knows who, or where, the thief is, or is offered the chance to buy the clothes, please contact me.”

As reported in the Bognor Regis Observer, Issey had an operation at Southampton General Hospital to remove a brain tumour.

She is receiving a 48-week cycle of chemotherapy and radiotherapy as a further part of her treatment.

Her parents, Paul and Samantha Riley, set up Pray for Issey to support the hospital’s children’s neurosciences unit.

One of its big events is arranged for April 5 with a night of fashion and entertainment at Butlin’s.

Clothes shops in the area have agreed to supply items for the models to wear in the clothes show.

Among them is Stones Clothing in The Arcade, Bognor. The thief walked into the store at 2pm on March 22 and falsely claimed to be one of the show’s models.

He calmly took eight items of clothing worth a total of £424.99 and left the store.

Among the items he stole were a Lambretta parka coat, two pairs of Voi jeans and Voi hooded sweatshirts.

Anyone with information about the man or the clothes should contact 101 quoting serial 335 of 25/3, email or call the independent charity, Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.