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Charity shop's takings are stolen

Hundreds of pounds have been stolen from a charity shop in Devon.

A man leant over the counter in Oxfam, Cornwall Street, Plymouth, on Friday morning and stole a handbag containing the shop's takings.

More than 500 was in the beige plastic handbag, together with a red plastic purse and a blue canvas one.

The thief is described as white, aged between 40 and 55, and is about 5ft 8in (1.73m) tall. He has white hair and wore a dirty, dark blue jacket.

Police are appealing for anyone with information about the burglary, which happened at about 1000 GMT, to contact them.

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