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DISHONESTY BOX! Thieves swoop on 5-year-old's roadside stall.

Byline: JACK EVANS News Reporter

AFIVE-YEAR-OLD was left in floods of tears after heartless thieves stole the entire contents of the "honesty stall" he runs from his parents' glamping site.

Little Harry Clare sells eggs, goats' milk, soap and lip balm from a table top based outside the site near Rosebud Meadow in Malvern, Worcestershire.

Each morning he goes to restock before school and collect any takings left inside the honesty box placed next to a price list for his products.

But when Harry went to check his stall on Tuesday, callous crooks had swiped all of his stock, leaving behind just the table and sign.

Harry has since received hundreds of messages of support and offers of donations from across the globe, while police have been called in to investigate.

Although Harry was left heartbroken, he says the actions of the shameless thieves have not deterred him from becoming a shopkeeper when he grows up.

"I lost my shop and feel really sad. I liked making people happy," he says. "I still want to be a shopkeeper because I want to sell my mummy's soap. I'm going to carry on with it."

Mum Rosie Clare, 35, says members of the public have offered to replace Harry's lost stock and the family has received offers of donations from as far away as New York. Harry told her that he wanted to become a shopkeeper after reading a book from school so they decided to set up the honesty stall.

He sells six eggs for PS1.50, his mother's homemade lip balm for PS2.50, and soap for PS2 each - or three for PS5. In total, PS40 worth of stock was taken.

"The shop is his pride and joy. He is really proud of it," says Rosie. "He was very upset. There were lots of tears.

"He had never lost anything from there before and didn't understand why somebody would do that to him.

"I did try to explain to him that maybe the person who took the things was somebody in need, but that's difficult because they had taken everything. All that was left was the table and the sign.

"They'd even taken the baskets he puts the soap and lip balm in. If they were really in need, they would only have taken a few things."

Harry set up the stall with the help of his mum and dad Chris Collins, 41, in March - and even accepted Paypal payments during lockdown.

"At the end of our drive there's a well-used public footpath so we made him a stand and put out some bits on it," says Rosie.

"We run a glamping site and make soap and lip balm from the milk from our Golden Guernsey Goats. Harry has got his own chickens and collects their eggs. He put those out with the soap and lip balm.

"It was doing really well. We had a lot of support from locals and people were coming week in, week out, to buy things.

"He was probably selling 12 dozen eggs a week from his chickens - he has over 30 of them. He feeds them and cleans them out.

"Without fail every day before school, and in the evening before bed, he goes to the shop to see if he needs to put anything out.

"He has to buy the chicken feed and with anything left over he likes to buy magazines and toys - anything that has got superheroes on. "On a good day he sells between PS10 and PS15. On his best ever day he sold over PS60."

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Author:JACK EVANS News Reporter
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Jul 19, 2020
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