A burger bar owner has slammed “horrible” thieves who stole a charity box from a burger bar.

The heartless offenders stole the collection box for the Seeing Dogs Alliance from Uncle Sam’s Hamburger Express in Carden Avenue, Brighton last Wednesday.

Shift manager Anne Wright said she estimated that £20 had been taken from the charity which could have paid for a high-visibility jacket for a training dog.

The burger bar has been raising money for the charity for six years and Mrs Wright has personally reared three dogs herself.

She said: “They must have cut the chain it was tied on. It’s just horrible that somebody would do this.”