John Dalzell continues his Sit Out for the Southern Area Hospice. Photograph: Columba O'HareThere's less than 24 hours left to support John Dalzell in his Christmas Sit out for the Southern Area Hospice in Hill Street in Newry and it's especially important to show your support this year with the Hospice behind in their funding target for 2013, coupled with the theft of money raised for the sit out at the weekend.

Seventy Two Year old John is in the 22nd year of his sit out, and he has raised many hundreds of thousands of pounds for the Hospice since that first sit out started on his 50th Birthday and his giant effort certainly is worthy of support from us all!

The PSNI have launched an appeal for information regarding the theft of cash collected by some of John's assistants at the weekend at a different venue.

Police received a report of a theft from a vehicle in the Main Street area of Camlough on Friday 20th December. At around 2.50pm it was reported that the rear window of a parked car had been smashed and a sum of money taken. This incident followed a report of four men acting suspiciously in the area. They were driving in a green coloured Volvo 540 car with a southern registration and were wearing baseball caps. A green volvo 540 car was also reported to have been in the area of Patrick Street in Newry where a van was broken into whilst parked at a sports centre sometime between 12.20pm & 1.50pm. A phone and a small sum of money were taken. Police would ask anyone who noticed a green Volvo 540 car in the Newry and south Armagh areas on Friday 20th December or who has any information to contact them in Newry on 0845 600 8000. 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

Commenting on the theft MLA Dominic Bradley said "This was a despicable crime especially so considering the time of year and the good cause to which the stolen donations were destined. These robbers have stooped to the lowest of low levels; their crime is an attack on the whole community which is rightfully disgusted by their deeds. It is imperative that those responsible are apprehended as quickly as possible so that they may be dealt with by the courts. I would ask that anyone with any information contact the police without delay."

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