Cambridgeshire

'Shameless' Poppy Appeal thieves steal more than £1,000

Thieves have stolen 13 Poppy Appeal tins estimated to have contained more than £1,000 from locations across Peterborough, it has been claimed.

One of the tins was taken from inside the Peterborough Cathedral shop.

George Bennett, who co-ordinated the city's Royal British Legion (RBL) appeal, called the thieves "shameless".

He said: "They waited until the tins were full before going on their spending spree. That's why I say we should bring back public flogging."

He said it was "disheartening, as people in Peterborough have been so generous this year".

"So far, the Peterborough RBL branch has got in excess of £72,000," he said.

"But as it's the 90th anniversary of the Poppy Appeal, I was hoping to raise £90,000 to celebrate that."

Volunteers from the RBL are still collecting tins from locations across the county.

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