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‘We expose the most despicable criminal in Scotland’

A heartless thief can today be exposed for stealing charity collection tins.

Thomas Smith is behind bars for swiping 12 donation boxes from Cancer Research, Children 1st, the SSPCA, a hospice and a church.

And we can reveal he has also robbed poppy collections.

Smith was charged with 29 thefts of charity boxes in his home town of Bellshill, Wishaw, Airdrie, Harthill, Newarthill, Viewpark and New Stevenston.

Those charges were dropped last week at Hamilton Sheriff Court and Smith admitted stealing 12 charity boxes including four from Bellshill’s Sacred Heart Church.

• Full story at the Sunday Mail.

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