Marathon runner hits out at pub charity box thief

Disgusted: Fundraiser Tony Scott, from Longton
Disgusted: Fundraiser Tony Scott, from Longton
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A fundraiser who is running a marathon in support of his father-in-law, who has prostate cancer, today spoke of his disgust after a thief stole charity tins from a pub.

New dad Tony Scott, 33, of Osbert Croft, Longton, is running the gruelling London Marathon for his father-in-law, David Melling, from Longton, who was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer two years ago.

The runner, who is a regular at the Sumner’s Arms in Fulwood, placed a charity tin for punters to donate to as he is aiming to hit a £2,000 target.

But the former armed forces medic, who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan and now works for Sky, was horrified when pub staff told him it had been stolen, along with other collections tins on the bar.

He said: “The landlady rang me to tell me.

“She noticed it a few days later and informed the police after checking the CCTV.

“I felt really annoyed at first but then it turned to disbelief - how could somebody steal from a charity?

“He added: “ My father-in-law knows about the theft and feels the same as me, very upset.”

However he says he is determined the theft will not dampen his spirits and plans to run the marathon on April 13.

Carl Anthony Mason, 32, of Fishergate, Preston, has pleaded guilty to theft and breach of a suspended sentence.

Mason is a prolific thief in Preston and was jailed in 2011 for stealing poppy tins from various outlets in a case which appalled readers - only to steal another charity box 11 days after his release.

He is due to be sentenced today at Preston Crown Court for his recent offences.

If anyone wants to donate to help recoup some of the lost donations they can visit Tony’s Just Giving page at