Video: Thief steals knickers and bras from Penwortham charity display

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Fundraisers have slammed a “mindless idiot” who stole a display of knickers and bras hours before the launch of a town charity campaign.

Staff at Pristine Car Wash set up a washing line outside their premises in in Leyland Road, Penwortham, and decorated it with pink knickers and bras as their entry for Paint Penwortham Pink.

Photo Neil Cross'Lousie Pratt of Pristine Car Wash, Penwortham, caught a thief on CCTV stealing the display of knickers and bras in aid of Breast Cancer Now

Photo Neil Cross'Lousie Pratt of Pristine Car Wash, Penwortham, caught a thief on CCTV stealing the display of knickers and bras in aid of Breast Cancer Now

But when they arrived for work yesterday morning, they discovered it had gone.

Owner Craig Halsall said: “We had a look through CCTV and at 2am you can see a man walking from the car park opposite, shimmying up the pole like a cat, and taking the whole line away with him. I couldn’t do it and none of my lads could do it, so it’s someone who’s pretty skilled at climbing.

“It’s bizarre why anyone would want to do that, and just hours before the launch event. But we’re not going to let it beat us - we’ll be back with a bigger and better display.”

Louise Pratt from the car wash said: “I don’t think it’s sabotage, I think it’s some mindless idiot who must have a fetish for pink underwear.

“It’s a shame though, because it’s a really good event showing community spirit, and now we’ve been left with no display on launch day.

“We’ve been all over the local area looking for the display, but he’s not dumped it anywhere.”

Paint Penwortham Pink is the idea of the Pink Champaigners group to raise awareness of breast cancer and to raise money for charity Breast Cancer Now.

Until Friday, October 23, businesses in the town are going head to head, competing for the best pink display, and residents are also being encouraged to join in the fun. Prizes for the best entries will be awarded on Friday.

Organiser Linda Baldwin said: “We’ve been blown away by the response of people in Penwortham -it’s much bigger than I ever expected.

“For someone to do this to someone’s display is really quite sad. Why do they think they can do that when people are trying to support charity? It’s just mindless vandalism.”

Police have been informed.

Tonight from 7pm a pink lights switch-on takes place at The Fleece Inn in Liverpool Road.