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Appeal to trace two men after money stolen from play centre

News   •   Apr 10, 2018 14:06 BST

[APPEAL: Theft suspects on CCTV]

Detectives from Croydon have released CCTV footage of two suspects they would like to speak to after money raised to buy a scooter for a child with cancer was stolen.

At around 01:30hrs on Friday, 9 March, the suspects broke into the rear fire door of Little Lambs Soft Play Centre in Chipstead Valley Road, Coulsdon.

Once inside, they broke into the safe and took a quantity of cash and money raised for a little boy with cancer.

The mother of the boy, who wishes to remain anonymous said: "My 10-year-old boy was diagnosed with Adrenocortical Carcinoma in October last year. A routine scan found an abnormal growth on his lung.

"Following surgery to remove it and an intensive chemotherapy treatment programme, we have seen a boy with bags of energy and life suffering physically and emotionally. But give that boy a scooter, and his old self returns. We are saving up for a scooter of his own so that he can go out with his friends and play as he did before he was diagnosed."

[Suspect 1] is described as a white man seen in CCTV with a bar in his hand wearing a light hooded top with white draw strings and bottoms into his dark socks and trainers.

[Suspect 2] is described as a white man carrying a large metal bar in his hand wearing a light hooded top and bottoms into his socks and trainers.

Detective Constable Nina Stanley from Croydon CID said: "This is an appalling crime where money raised to help a poorly child was stolen, along with business takings.

"The child's family and the local community are devastated by this selfish act and it has made a lot of people angry."

If you can assist police with their enquiries, call Croydon CID on 020 3276 2228 or 101, or tweet @Metcc. To call anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.