Devon man jailed for Remembrance Day poppy tin theft

A man who stole a Poppy Appeal collection tin in Exeter on Remembrance Day last year has been jailed.

Exeter Crown Court heard that Alan Donnachie, 44, from Albion Street in the city, stole the tin from the Riverside Leisure Centre.

He already had an Anti-social Behaviour Order banning him from the centre. He admitted theft and breaching the Asbo.

Donnachie, who has 129 previous convictions, was sentenced to two years and nine months.

Sentencing Donnachie, Recorder David Bartlett said: "I really haven't come across such blatant breaching of an Asbo as this."

His previous convictions include theft, violence and possession of offensive weapons.

Speaking after the sentencing, John Pentreath, the Royal British Legion's county manager for Devon, said: "I'm pleased that justice has been done."

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