THIEVES who pillage charity donations from outside a Huddersfield warehouse are being told: Smile, you're on camera.

The Oxfam depot on Colne Road has long been a target for swag-hunters.

Crooks have regularly been spotted making off with hauls of clothes and knick-knacks dropped off outside by donors.

In some cases adults have even been seen dangling children through the special donor banks to grab goodies.

But now a camera-toting councillor is on the warpath.

Clr Andrew Cooper, who represents the Newsome ward, took a snap of an alleged thief rifling through the collection of items outside the depot.

And he warns other would-be raiders that they face the same treatment.

He said: "It's a regular sight to see people rifling through bags and throwing clothing all over the car park.

"On Bank Holiday Monday I saw at least half a dozen people stealing from bags as I passed the depot throughout the day.

"What makes this crime so objectionable is that Oxfam are providing assistance to people around the world, living in the poorest circumstances.

"These thieves are seeking to profit from other people's generosity.

"These thefts leave a complete mess in the car park, for Oxfam staff to clear up when the shop opens.

"I have reported these thefts to the police and will pass on the car numbers of anybody I see stealing from here.

"I urge other people to do so."

Lucy Glynn, Oxfam campaigns officer for Yorkshire, said thefts from the depot happened almost daily.

She said: "It's a completely unsatisfactory situation.

"While it is better for us if people drop donations off during working hours, we do provide special banks for people who want to make donations when the depot is closed.

"If people took the bags, our staff wouldn't even know. But what has been happening is that they are ripping the bags open and leaving clothes strewn all over the car park.

"It is an unpleasant and time-consuming task for staff to have to come in every morning to clear up the mess.

"The clothes are often in such a bad condition that we can't sell them," she added

Ms Glynn said every item sold in Oxfam shops contributed towards the charity's work with some of the world's poorest people.

"Any clothes that have been taken or damaged sabotages our efforts to alleviate poverty and suffering," she said.