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London police search for Christmas tree thief

Scotland Yard says it is looking for a woman they believe took a small tree from a care home.

Image: Christmas Tree via Shutterstock

POLICE IN LONDON have issued an appeal to track down a woman believed to have stolen a Christmas tree from a care home last week.

At about 7.15pm on Monday, 16 December, the woman entered the sheltered housing building for vulnerable adults in Camberwell in the southeast of the city. She pretended she was visiting somebody who stayed there – but they have since confirmed they did not know her.

After a short time in the building, the woman left and brought with her the small tree from the entrance.

The tree had been donated to the facility by a member of staff and, according to Scotland Yard, was “liked by all the residents who now have no tree for Christmas”.

“This is a particularly callous crime especially at this time of year involving some of our more vulnerable members of society,” said PC Lorna Clark who issued an appeal to the public for information.

CCTV footage of the incident has been released.

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