A woman has been left “furious” as a bag of clothes left out for recycling were stolen from outside her home in Leigh on Sea yesterday morning. Ray Morgan, who lives in Highcliff Drive, had left a large white plastic sack of clothes outside her house to be collected for recycling, when two men decided to help themselves in an apparently organised operation.
Ray said: “There were two men in a white van, cruising the streets at around 8am. One of them was jumping out of the van and grabbing the sacks that had been left out.”
Residents say that this isn’t the first time this has happened. They blame the spate of thefts on a rise in ‘cash for clothes’ initiatives, where sacks of clothes are collected from peoples houses and bought for around 50p per kilo, and say that they no longer leave their clothes out for recycling, but donate them to a charity shop instead.
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Published Southend Echo, 4th March 2013.