CCTV shows people behind Havering RSPCA bench theft

PUBLISHED: 14:32 12 August 2016 | UPDATED: 18:35 12 August 2016

CCTV from the RSPCA Essex and Havering branch

CCTV from the RSPCA Essex and Havering branch


The RSPCA is appealing for help in identifying two culprits who took a bench belonging to the charity in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

After an appeal on Facebook asking for the return of the missing bench a local resident found it dumped nearby in Trowbridge Road.

Maddie Collier, the clinic manager for the RSPCA’s Essex and Havering branch, said she was blown away by the response from the Harold Hill community.

“I put it on Facebook and the response was just fabulous,” said Maddie. “It restored my faith in the Harold Hill community.

Maddie’s social media post received thousands of responses and eventually the bench was found by Jan Sargent, who sat on it until it was collected and returned to the RSPCA.

After the incident staff checked the CCTV to see who was behind the theft.

“I presumed it was kids messing around having a laugh. I checked the CCTV and it was two fully grown men with a shopping trolley. One of them must of been strong because it was a big old table.”

Footage from the CCTV appears to show two people approach the building, on Chippenham Road, with a shopping trolley before one of them climbs the fence and carries off the bench.

The bench, which was donated by a supporter so owners can say goodbye to their pets, will be bolted to the ground to prevent any similar incidents.

If you recognise the individuals in the CCTV footage call the police on 101.

Also if you’d like to donate to the Essex and Havering RSPCA branch, which is hosting a sponsored dog walk on September 4, call 01708 381822.

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