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A woman has spoken of her "horror" as she watched a CCTV clip of a person stealing charity cash from her pub, while her granddaughter was just metres away.

Janine Spratt said she was "disgusted" to discover more than £200 had been stolen from her pub, The Lancaster Arms, in Desford. She said the money, that had been collected for Loros Hospice as part of a raffle, was in a whiskey bottle on the bar when it was taken. Janine realised the money had disappeared at around midday on Monday and when she watched the pub's CCTV back, she discovered it had been taken that morning. "I cried when I watched the CCTV back," said Janine, of Thurcaston. It looked like something from a horror film. Janine's said her granddaughter, Jessica, 20, had gone into the pub at around 9.45am, to clean it and the CCTV had shown a man enter at around 10am. The person looked like they were walking around the bar for around 10 minutes, added Janine. "My granddaughter must have been cleaning the ladies toilets at the time. The person went behind the bar and took the bottle - it looks like they put it under their shirt. Janine said that she reported the incident to the police straight away. "The thing is, the person could've attacked my granddaughter," said Janine. "What if she'd seen him? And to steal from charity is just disgusting."

Janine's husband, Roger, said Jessica has been "worried to death" ever since the incident happened. My confidence in human faith has been completely knocked,  added the 66-year-old. We've been here 17 years and never has anything like this ever happened before. I'm disgusted. It worries me that there is somebody out there who can do something like this. I just hope the person gets caught now."

A spokeswoman from Leicestershire Police said the incident was reported to them and inquiries are ongoing.



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