Thieves steal Poppy Appeal boxes on Remembrance Sunday

Poppy ( HEN)

12:16pm 14th November 2017
(Updated 12:17pm 14th November 2017)

On the very day the country paid tribute to its war dead two Poppy Appeal charity boxes have been stolen from shops in Ludgershall and Wilton.

Wiltshire Police say two women, wearing headscarves, entered the Spar shop in Ludgershall between 9 am and 3pm on Sunday (12th November) and swiped the box from the counter.

The tin contained around £150 of donations for the British Legion.

In a similar incident, which police believe is linked, the One Stop shop in Wilton was also targeted on Sunday.

Officers say one woman distracted staff at the store in North Street whilst the other stole the Poppy Appeal tin from the counter.

It is not known how much was inside.

In both incidents the suspects are described as female and wearing headscarves.

The CCTV footage pictured below has been released by one of the stores.

Officers say they'd like to speak to the women pictured in connection with the incident.

Poppy Appeal CCTV pictures ( SPAR LUDGERSHALL)WEB JPG


A police spokesperson told Spire FM

"Officers are currently carrying out extensive enquiries to identify those responsible and will be liaising with neighbouring forces to determine whether any further offences have taken place and may be linked."

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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