Thieves take cash in name of dead mum

PUBLISHED: 17:48 20 May 2009 | UPDATED: 16:43 25 August 2010

OUTRAGE: Landlord Paul Askdale.

OUTRAGE: Landlord Paul Askdale.

DONATIONS left in tribute to a young mother who was mown down by a car were stolen during a pub burglary.

DONATIONS left in tribute to a young mother who was mown down by a car were stolen during a pub burglary.

A collection in the name of the late Claire Lane at The Fanny on the Hill, in Wickham Street, Welling, was stolen alongside stock worth some £9,000, last Tuesday night.

Regulars had collected hundreds of pounds in memory of Mrs Lane, a 31-year-old mother of Elmfield Court, Wickham Street, who was knocked down near the pub on May 3.

Pub manager Paul Askdale said: "It is absolutely disgusting that they have taken the collection box for a dead mother. There was around £700 in that box for the family and it's all gone.

"We've started another to show we won't let the burglars beat us."

CCTV at the pub caught two people wearing grey hoodies and jeans at the pub the night it was robbed, between 11.15pm on Tuesday and 9.30am on Wednesday morning.

Thieves carted off stock including spirits and beers.

The mother was run down near the pub at 5.30pm on a Sunday afternoon when a Mercedes convertible mounted the curb and hit her before ploughing into a lamppost, as reported in the Times.

Two men ran from the scene but were later arrested on suspicion of death by dangerous driving. Both were bailed until late this month.

Mr Askdale, who said he would make a £1,000 donation personally to make up for the stolen cash, added: "It's a very sad affair.

"The punters here are disgusted and about 30 of them are going to the funeral on Friday.

"I was one of the people who tried to resuscitate the woman - her husband came in to thank me the next day.

"We hope to have a raffle this Sunday between 1 and 2pm to raise more money." Bexley police said that £1,100 of charity money was allegedly stolen from the pub.

PC Brad Clough, of Bexley Police Burglary Team, said: "It is possible that residents or passers by may have heard something or seen something suspicious near the venue. It's also possible that a vehicle was used during the burglary." No arrests have been made.

Contact the burglary team on 020 8284 9242, or to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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