Despair at charity signs theft

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Thieves who stole two magnetic metal car signs advertising a prostate cancer support group have been branded ‘mindless cretins’.

The signs, worth just £10 each, were on the driver and passenger sides of a car belonging to Den Bray, chairman of the Bay Prostate Cancer support group, which was parked on his drive off Watery Lane in Lancaster.

But overnight last Wednesday to Thursday, the signs disappeared.

Den said: “Some mindless cretin saw fit to remove them.

“I would just say ‘why? The signs aren’t a bit of use to anyone apart from our group.

“The signs will be an expense to replace as well.

“They were designed to catch peoples’ eye when I was parked up, for example at Sainsbury’s or Morrisons and we did get responses and enquiries about the group as a result.

“It’s just badness. There’s no possible use for anyone else.

“The signs have a nice picture of Morecambe promenade at high tide with a red lifebelt contrasting the blue sea.

“Our strapline is ‘your local lifeline.’

“I just despair at this sort of action and hope that if the family of these idiots need help and support should cancer strike there is support available.”

Den worked for CancerCare as a volunteer driver and handyman from 1992 until he retired in January 2014.

In 2006 a group of prostate cancer sufferers got together to set up a support group and at the first meeting nearly 70 people turned up.

Den said: “We all stick together and support each other. If the family of the thieves are in need of our services we are here. It doesn’t prevent us helping them.”

For more information about the support group visit

A spokesperson for Lancashire police said the signs were stolen between 10pm on May 7 and 9am on May 8.

The signs, which were attached to both front doors, were removed from a Vauxhall Vectra and were worth £20 for the pair.

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