A VOLUNTEER who gave up her time to help out at a swap shop has spoken of her anger after her purse was stolen during the event.
Gill Fisher, from Sudbury, volunteered to run a stall selling people’s donations at the Stevenson Centre in Great Cornard on Saturday.
However, as the event started to wind down around midday, Mrs Fisher began packing away unwanted items and momentarily left her stall. When she returned, her purse had been snatched.
“I just feel sick,” she said. “It was a moment of absent-mindedness and I hate myself for being so stupid.
“I am so angry that someone could do this that I can’t put it into words.”
Mrs Fisher said she had left her slim, dark brown leather purse in her car outside the centre in Stevenson Approach for most of the morning and had only gone to fetch it minutes before it was stolen.
“I must have only turned my back for two minutes and it was gone,” she said.
“It is so unfair as I was helping out doing something for nothing and then this happens. It had been a nice morning until that point.”
Mrs Fisher said her purse contained her bus pass and around £20.
“I hope whoever stole it has a few sleepless nights over what they’ve done,” she said.
A spokesman for Suffolk Police said: “We are aware of this incident and will be studying CCTV footage in the hope of identifying the offender.”
Anyone with information about the theft should contact Pc Michelle French at Suffolk Police on 01473 613500.