Thousands raised for homeless woman who confronted burglar in the UK

Lottie also returned the merchandise to the shop, valued at over €1,000

Oxford, homeless, Lush, burglar, stolen, funds, online appeal, Lottie

Lottie with her dog Marley | Image: GoFundMe

Thousands of pounds have been raised for a homeless woman in Britain who confronted a shop burglar in the middle of the night and took back the stolen goods.

Lottie regularly sleeps outside the Lush store in Oxford with her dog Marley and knows the staff.

She leapt into action after she saw a strange man emerge from the shop at 4.00am.

Barely a day after last Wednesday's break-in, staff were stunned when she marched in with the stolen goods - a box of cosmetics worth stg£1,000 (€1,293) and a laptop.

To thank Lottie, the branch began an online appeal and hundreds of well-wishers have so far raised more than stg£6,000 (€7,760).

Manager James Atherton said: "We were amazed and just so joyful. It was fantastic. We weren't expecting to get the stolen goods back at all".

"She confronted him as he walked out. She said 'I know you are not from Lush' and took the stuff back. This was around 4am".

It is hoped the funds raised will help Lottie achieve her dream of owning a caravan.

Any surplus cash will be offered to charities which assist vulnerable homeless people in the city.