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Thieves target Chelsea Pensioners on Remembrance Sunday

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Image caption Chelsea Pensioners play a high profile role in Armistice Day

Burglars stole more than £6,000 from a Chelsea Pensioners' club on Remembrance Sunday.

The thieves stole takings from a safe in the veterans' club at their base in the Royal Hospital, central London, on Sunday night.

The elderly war veterans had earlier been in the club after attending services to remember British war dead.

The club suspects it may have been targeted because the thief knew there would be high takings.

Major-General Peter Currie, lieutenant governor of the Royal Hospital, said: "It is terribly sad, coming at the end of Remembrance weekend and it is not the first time.

"If somebody was going to do it at any time, the end of the weekend of remembrance is a good one.

"At the Royal Hospital it is a moment of great significance, a lot of people end up in the club visiting us."

He added: "If anyone was looking at it through a burglar's pair of spectacles you might think that it was a good time."

A police forensics team has visited the club.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Police were called to the Pensioner's Club, the Royal Hospital, Chelsea Gate, to reports of a burglary. Inquiries continue."

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