By Harriet Ernstsons Wednesday 25 September 2013 Updated: 26/09 15:33
A MAN and a woman have been caught on camera taking charity money from Redditch's fountain in broad daylight.
The pair were seen by passers-by on Saturday (September 21) taking coins from the Church Green fountain, which are routinely collected and given to Acorns Children's Hospice by Redditch Borough Council.
It comes just three months after the Standard reported a similar incident, this time involving two men, which was also photographed by a resident.
A West Mercia Police spokeswoman confirmed officers had attended the scene shortly before 6pm and spoken to two people - with them being asked to put the money back into the fountain, but no arrests had been made.
Coun Rebecca Blake, responsible for community safety, said: "It was shocking to see grown adults stealing from the fountain in broad daylight.
"I am grateful the police came so quickly and made them return the coins they had taken. The council will be looking at measures to make it more difficult for people to steal this loose change, as they are stealing from the charity Acorns."
A council spokeswoman added: "We were glad to hear that members of the public spotted and reported this offence to police.
"We have been made aware that the Crown Prosecution Service will now be prosecuting the suspects accused of coin theft earlier this year and so the original reason for putting up signage around the fountain is no longer valid.
"We would like to make clear that the monies thrown into the fountain are - whilst very small - collected regularly and donated to charity."
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