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.


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Other things that were taken were a small collection of out-of-date children’s electronic learning aids and a 25-year-old book, all of which are props used in opening act for sets.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