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Anger as thieves take poppy appeal box from Doncaster Minster

Eddie Leek, of Royal British Legion and Angela Shepard, of the poppy appeal, are angered that a poppy tin, the same as they are holding, has been stolen from Doncaster Minster . Picture: Andrew Roe

Eddie Leek, of Royal British Legion and Angela Shepard, of the poppy appeal, are angered that a poppy tin, the same as they are holding, has been stolen from Doncaster Minster . Picture: Andrew Roe

Thieves have stolen a collection tin raising money for this year’s Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

The crime happened at a memorial of a statue of a soldier made from poppies, placed in Doncaster Minster to mark Armistice Day.

Legion member Eddie Leek, aged 53, of Westongales Way, Bentley, has branded the culprits “toe rags”.

He said: “We went to collect the tin which had been left alongside the poppy man statue for donations to be made but it had been pinched.

“The minster reckons there must have been about £300 in it.

“Because the minster is open to the public we don’t know when the money was actually taken.

“It’s not just the money, it’s what it stands for.”

 

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