PETTY thieves took the shine off a festive display by stealing Christmas money destined for charity.
John Dutton's festive decorations outside his home on Walnut Drive, Winsford, are the pride of the street. John spent time covering the front of his house with lights, a huge snowman and glow-in-the-dark Santa and reindeer.
He put a charity box outside the house in aid of St Luke's Hospice, which was there so the many passers-by who stopped to look at the lights could make a donation in return to the charity.
But heartless thieves swooped to steal the cash which was destined for St Luke's, which relies on charity fundraisers to make the £1m it costs every year simply to keep the hospice - which cares for victims of life-threatening diseases and their families - open.
Raiders snatched the box sometime between about 5.40pm and 7.40pm last Tuesday evening.
'They are miserable people,' said John, 'I don't know how much was in it, but it was about a third full. I have told St Luke's about it and they are giving us another box, so we will have another go.'
Police confirmed they were aware of the theft. If anyone has any information about the crime, call Winsford police on 01606 48000 or the Crimestoppers Confidential Hotline on 0800 555111.