Theft is no laughing matter for Hitchin comedy club

A COMEDY club has been targeted by thieves at the end of a gig.

The Lastminutecomedy club in Hitchin discovered someone was helping themselves to the contents of their dressing room at Woodside Hall while acts were on stage entertaining the crowd.

Host Paul B Edwards chatted with headliner Brian Higgins about what a great show it had been, on January 4, before discovering the crime.

It is thought the thief entered the dressing room and helped himself to a bag, cashbox, and a box of CDs.

“At first we thought it was a wind up, but then Brian mentioned a guy who had been in the dressing room earlier that he had thought worked at the venue,” said Mr Edwards.

“Clearly he didn’t, and was in fact an opportunist looking for a quick smash and grab.

“Fortunately the cashbox only had the float in it for the next night in Letchworth GC – I’d taken the rest of the money out of it,”

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Other things that were taken were a small collection of out-of-date children’s electronic learning aids and a 25-year-old book, all of which are props used in opening act for sets.

A satchel was found dumped last Sunday, discarded by the Xchange gym on Queen Street in Hitchin – only 300 yards from the venue.

The suspect has been described by police as a white male aged 20 to 27-years-old, between 5ft 7in and 5ft 10in tall with short dark brown hair and clean-shaven.

Anyone who saw anybody acting suspiciously outside Woodside Hall at around 10pm on January 4 is asked to call the non-emergency police phone number 101.

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