Money stolen at charity event

The money went missing at a charity event held in Foyle Arena.
The money went missing at a charity event held in Foyle Arena.

Police in Derry have confirmed that they are investigating the theft of a substantial sum of money, taken during a charity event in the Foyle Arena two weeks ago.

Thousands of pounds were stolen following a ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ event in aid of four local charities - Macmillan, the Pink Ladies, Fountain Dance Association and Foyle Search and Rescue on the weekend of April 16 and 17.

Police tape

Police tape

Details of the incident during which a four figure sum was taken, have not been disclosed until now due to the ongoing investigation.

A spokesperson for the four charities said: “Each charity would like to thank the members of the public for their generous donation to the event.

“We are sorry that this has taken place and that we find ourselves in these circumstances. We hope that we can rely on your support in the future.”

The charities say they cannot comment further due to an ongoing police investigation, however, they appealed for anyone with any information to pass it on to the PSNI.

A spokesperson for Derry City & Strabane District Council said it is aware of the incident and has reported it to the PSNI who are currently investigating the matter.

Police are appealing for information on the theft and have asked anyone with information to contact Police at Strand Road on the non-emergency number 101.

Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.