Police in Essex are asking the public to help after a poppy collection tin was stolen from a supermarket in Chelmsford.
According to reports, the incident happened on November 1st at a Tesco Express branch in Chelmsford – their Purbeck Court store.
It is believed that an advent calendar was used to hide the theft, with one of the two ladies distracting a member of staff at the time.
The above image was taken from the store’s CCTV footage.
Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Clive Wilson at Chelmsford police station quoting crime reference 42/155750/17 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Meanwhile, there have already been a number of stories in the media about poppies this year, including the disgraceful incident below where a number of commemorative poppies were torn down in West London.
Volunteers have been lining the streets of Hounslow with poppies, however, some poppies have been ripped down from some of the lampposts.
Dozens of poppies have been torn of Lamposts in the borough. Despite this, Mike Foston and other local community members were quick put the poppies back on display.
Get West London reported:
“On Saturday (October 28) it was discovered that 20 of the poppies had been taken down from Bedfont Lane, Feltham , leaving only the cable ties hanging off the lampposts.
Mike Foston is the man behind the idea to display giant poppies in the borough and he was quick to take action to ensure the poppies were replaced.”
Mike Foston said: “Where they have been taken down, I’ve put them back up and I’ve put some more up in the same place so the line will stay continuous and we’ll make it work.”
“I’m unaware of how much education goes on in schools around the significance of the poppy, why they get put up, what the meaning is.
“So we’ve put messages out to the parents locally to see if schools can help pick up the message and to share it and to try and share the notion that there’s no reason to rip them down, there’s no reason to take them down, they’re not offensive to anybody.
“They are not pushing anyone’s political point of view, they’re simply remembering people so again it’s another route of the education piece to hopefully stop it from happening.”
Thousands of poppies are currently on display in the borough.
Poppies are used to remember those who have given their lives in battle is because they are the flowers which grew on the battlefields after World War One ended.