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Shock as church fair items are stolen in Clerkenwell

Toy cars, a bottle of olive oil, sweets, greeting cards and biscuits were taken from charity stall

17 March, 2017 — By Koos Couvée

Jill Courtney at her St Mark’s Church stall

A VOLUNTEER has spoken of her shock after items from her fair trade stall were stolen at a church fair on Saturday.

Jill Courtney, of Myddelton Square, Clerkenwell, was running a café at St Mark’s Church when she discovered £30 worth of goods had disappeared from the stall.

A number of wooden toy cars from Sri Lanka, a bottle of olive oil worth £7.25, sweets, greeting cards and biscuits were among the items that she believes were snatched.

Ms Courtney, 79, told the Tribune: “I’ve been doing fair trade for 10 years because I believe in supporting Third-World communities, and if you run a fair trade stall operated through [fair trade organisation] Traidcraft, all the profits go to the farmers and producers.

“Whoever did this is stealing from people in the Third World and that makes me really angry and sad.”

The event was part of Traidcraft’s Big Brew Week, which aims to raise money for farmers in rural Africa.

Despite the suspected theft, Ms Courtney, who has reported the incident to police, raised £100.

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