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Cornwall Food Thefts
4:42pm 2nd September 2014
Food theft in Cornwall is on the rise.
In St Austell it has nearly doubled over the last three years.
Last year there were almost 100 incidents in the town.
Duchy foodbanks say it is down to families struggling to pay the bills as well as put food on the table.
The St Austell branch has seen demand almost double over the past year, having dished out meals to more than 2000 people.
It has seen a year on year rise since it opened in 2010.
Manager Steve Williamson reckons it's down to the high cost of living, he said: "Despite what it sometimes appears in the media that the recession is over, that never hits Cornwall at the same time as everywhere else.
"It is just a lack of income I think for most people, the cost of living is still high, it hasn't decreased in the way you sometimes see.
"We did have a young lady with a small family on her own, and she had been caught shoplifting in order to feed her family, it wasn't things that might be attractive or shiny she was stealing to feed her family."
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