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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Girl's Christmas money taken from Carlisle cinema

A 10-year-old girl is pleading for the return of her new purse which contained all the money she had been given as presents.

Bethany Graham photo
Heart broken: Bethany Graham wanted to use the money the buy something special. Right, Shirley Watson and daughter Bethany Graham

Bethany Graham’s purse was taken from the ladies’ toilets in the Vue cinema, on Botchergate in Carlisle, on Boxing Day.

It contained £43.22, cinema tickets and ‘Grandad’ stickers which she was going to use to make her grandfather a card.

Bethany arrived at the Vue at around 1.40pm on Boxing Day. She went to the toilets before heading into the cinema to see Moshi Monsters: The Movie with her mother Shirley Watson.

Ms Watson, of Beverley Rise, Harraby, said: “My daughter has been so distressed, she’s heartbroken about it.

“She really can’t remember if she’s left it behind and someone’s picked it up or whether it was stolen from her.

“We went for the 1.30pm showing, but we like to go a bit later so we arrive just in time for the start of the film. Bethany went to the toilet and that was about 1.40pm. We’ve been in touch with the cinema and they say the toilets were checked just after 2pm so there’s a window of around 20 minutes.

“The purse contained all her Christmas money. We’d just bought some sweets before we arrived at the cinema so Bethany worked out it would’ve had £43.22 in it. She was intending to buy something special for her dad with it so she’s really upset.”

Ms Watson added: “We’ve checked at the cinema and reported it to the police, too. I’ve also put a message on the Vue’s Facebook page and on my own in the hope that word gets out and someone who may’ve picked it up could return it.

“Christmas is a season of goodwill so I want to plead with the person who took Bethany’s purse to please have the heart to return it. She is devastated and she’d set her heart on buying something special and sentimental for a family member, which now she is unable to do.

“Please help put a smile back on our daughter’s face and get her purse and contents back to her.”

Bethany’s orange, black and white purse had been a gift given to her by her grandmother on Christmas Day.

Contact the News & Star or get in touch with reporter Kelly Pattison on Twitter – kellypattisonCN – if you can help.

KPattison@cngroup.co.uk

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