A CALLOUS thief has stolen a jar of charity cash from the bar of a Barnstaple pub. Money destined for Guide Dogs for the Blind was taken from the Inn on the Square during the early hours of Sunday morning. For the last two months, customers at the pub hav

A CALLOUS thief has stolen a jar of charity cash from the bar of a Barnstaple pub.Money destined for Guide Dogs for the Blind was taken from the Inn on the Square during the early hours of Sunday morning.For the last two months, customers at the pub have made donations to guess the amount of money in the large pickle jar - part of a 12-month fund-raising initiative by Helen Littlejohns.Mrs Littlejohns gave herself a target of raising £5,000 for the guide dog charity by the end of the year. She said she couldn't believe the money had been taken."It's really upsetting because I've put so much effort into raising this money," she said."I've already raised £3,000 and this was the final push I needed to help me to reach my goal. It's very sad that someone could have taken money for such a good cause."Inn on the Square landlord Martin Saunders said he originally thought that someone had played a prank after the jar mysteriously disappeared after the pub was locked up for the night."We've checked CCTV and the jar was there when the pub was shut up for the night. It's too dark to see what happened during the night but when the sun came up the next morning, the jar had gone. I can't work out how it could have been taken. it was a pretty huge and heavy jar."Nothing else was take, not even the girls' tip jar which was behind the bar. We hope whoever took the money reads this and has enough conscience to return it.Mrs Littlejohns said the correct total in the jar - £288.60 - was going to be announced at a special fund-raising day at the pub on Saturday, December 6. The person with the closest guess would have won 50 per cent of the money in the jar."The day will still go ahead as planned," she said. "It should be a great event, with a craft fair and local animal charities attending during the day, and an auction, buffet and disco planned for the evening."We've got some great lots up for auction, including a mountain bike, sat nav, meals for two and rounds of golf up for grabs. It's a ticket free event but we are asking people to make a donation to the charity on the door."Police said they were looking at CCTV images and carrying out an investigation. Anyone with any information about the missing jar can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, quoting reference CB08 4873.www.northdevon.gov.uk