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Faversham: Thief swipes cash from magic man's hat

By Bess Browning

Myles Phillips, 70, known to most people as Mr Mystery, was performing in the busy Market Place when a brazen crook swiped his hat filled with money and ran off.

Mr Phillips, of Preston Street, who makes his money from donations dropped into his hat, had turned his back for just a moment, but it was too late.

Magician had his earnings swiped while he worked in the town centre.

Magician had his earnings swiped while he worked in the town centre.

The incident took place on Saturday, April 2.

He has now thanked the generous market traders as just hours after his takings was stolen, they rallied round and made up his shortfall.

He said: “I don’t charge but if the parents put in a few quid in, it covers the cost of the balloons.

“I was just talking to a couple of kids and their families, just standing a metre or so from my stall and someone said they saw a man run up the alleyway towards the swimming pool.

“I looked back at my stall and realised the hat was gone.

“It was only about £20, but it’s not about the money. I never thought that would happen in Faversham.”

A hat similar to this one was stolen from magic man Myles Philips.

A hat similar to this one was stolen from magic man Myles Philips.

Police are now investigating the crime, which occurred at around 2pm on Saturday, and Mr Phillips hopes CCTV images from the town centre could lead to justice.

Police spokesman, Carly Wymark, said: “We are investigating an alleged theft of an amount of money from a hat in Market Place, Faversham, just before 2pm on April 2.”

Mr Phillips added: “It is very disappointing and I was very upset. I packed up early and went to get a cup of tea.

“But soon after one of the ladies from the market came across to tell me that they had heard the news and done a whip-round.

Magic man Myles Philips was working in the town when someone ran off with his hat.

Magic man Myles Philips was working in the town when someone ran off with his hat.

“It blew me away, I still feel quite choked up by it now. I want to say a big thank you to everyone.

“I will be a bit more careful now but it is just such a shame it happened at all.”

 

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