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Reader replaces disabled man’s stolen cash after newspaper story

Mark RuslingA regional daily reader has come forward to replace £40 stolen from a disabled man after reading about he crime in the newspaper.

Brighton daily The Argus featured the story of Mark Rusling, left, who had the cash taken from him after being distracted by a woman at a Co-op supermarket cash machine.

Despite being told the suspected thief was barred from the store by staff, he could not recover the money from the store or the ATM company.

But after reading about Mr Rusling’s plight in The Argus, an anonymous donor has since come forward to replace the stolen money.

The donor, a 49-year-old painter and decorator from Brighton, said: “There was something in this story that touched me about the hard time he faced. I have a disabled relative and I know the value of £40 to someone who has nothing.

“Yes, he could have been more vigilant but sometimes thieves are a bit more on the look out than the person on the receiving end.”

Of the donation, Mr Rusling said: “It really has cheered me up a lot. I’ve had uncomfortable feet for a while and I wanted to get a pair of shoes. Now I can afford to get them and it will make my life much more comfortable.”

The initial story by The Argus caused much debate online as readers commented on whether the Co-op should compensate Mr Rusling for the £40 that was taken from him.

Editor Arron Hendy said: “It is heart-warming to see that one of our readers was moved by our story and had decided to help. Hopefully the cash will go some way to helping make life more comfortable for Mark, even if it just means he is able to buy new shoes.

“This is just one of the fine examples of how our fantastic readers can react to an issue they read about in The Argus.”