Jersey

Family's vegetable stand money box 'bashed open'

Winter and his Nana at the honesty box Image copyright Adelina d'Orleans
Image caption The honesty box contained vegetables grown by Winter and his grandparents

A metal money box was "bashed open" and emptied at a family's vegetable stand in Jersey.

They had been growing and selling vegetables across the summer with their five-year-old son, Winter.

About £20 is thought to have been taken from the unattended "honesty box" in St Ouen.

Following the theft there was "overwhelming response" from the community, with offers from businesses to reimburse the family.

Winter's mother, Adelina d'Orleans said her son started growing the vegetables in their kitchen from seed packets given away by the local supermarket.

Image copyright Adelina d'Orleans
Image caption One of Winter's teachers bought some of the tomatoes he had grown

She said one morning earlier this week a family member went to empty the metal box and found it "buckled", with debris inside.

"Someone must have used a rock to bash open the slot where the money goes in", she said.

After expressing her frustrations on social media, Mrs d'Orleans said: "The message was viewed by 20,000 people, and we had so many positive messages and comments from it".

In response, the Head of the Channel Islands Co-operative Society Colin McLeod, pledged to reimburse the stolen money.

The family said they would be giving any money donated to Winter's school, Les Landes School, who are running a gardening project.

Image copyright Adelina d'Orleans
Image caption Following the theft islanders put more seeds in the family's vegetable stand, ready for next year

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