Essex

Essex man and woman quizzed over poppy tin thefts

Poppy Appeal thefts Image copyright PA
Image caption Collection boxes containing cash were taken and replaced with empty ones

A man and a woman have been arrested and questioned on suspicion of stealing Poppy Appeal collection boxes from at least 14 locations across Essex.

A 51-year-old woman from Tiptree and a 53-year-old man from Chelmsford were detained by police on Saturday.

Both were released on bail to return to police on Sunday 7 December.

Fourteen British Legion boxes are known to have been taken in Chelmsford, Colchester, Tiptree and Brentwood and each was replaced with an empty one.

Image caption Police said the two people were released on bail

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