Search

The lowest of the low? Thief steals British Legion charity box from shop in Wells

PUBLISHED: 18:48 16 November 2017 | UPDATED: 18:48 16 November 2017

A man appearing to steal the poppy tin from Arthur Howell's Bakery in Wells. Picture: Submitted

A man appearing to steal the poppy tin from Arthur Howell's Bakery in Wells. Picture: Submitted

Archant

As the nation prepared to honour the fallen, a thief was robbing remembrance.

Police are investigating CCTV footage which appears to show a man stealing a Poppy Appeal collecting box from a shop.

It was captured by a security camera in Arthur Howell’s Bakery, in Wells.

A man dressed in a black donkey jacket, beret and jeans is seen entering the shop on Staithe Street, near the harbour.

He checks the coast is clear before picking up the box on the counter, putting it under his coat and walking out of the shop.

Arthur Howell, head of the family-owned business, said: “Everyone is trying to collect for the Royal British Legion at this time of year and he just comes in and takes the money. It really is the lowest of the low.

“You’re only talking about a few pounds but he’s taking it away from the servicemen and the families of servicemen who need the money.”

The Royal British Legion’s iconic Poppy Appeal raises money to provide vital support for service personnel past and present.

It has raised millions since it was launched in November 1921 - most of it in small donations from members of the public.

Last year, the legion raised £146m from the appeal which was spent on rehabilitation, welfare, mobility, home care and other needs.

A spokesman for the RBL said: “We are shocked and saddened to hear of the theft of a poppy collecting tin.

“This loss will deprive those in the service and ex-service community and their families of much needed assistance and support from the legion.”

Police are investigating whether the theft, which happened on Monday, November 6, is linked to the attempted theft of a charity box from a nearby cafe the same afternoon.

“There was an incident at Nelson’s Coffee Shop in Wells,” a spokesman said. “A man went into the shop at around 2.45 pm and and attempted to take the Royal British Legion charity box. The man was challenged by a member of staff and put the charity box back.

“An unknown person has stolen the charity box from the bakery. We are looking into whether these incidents are linked.”
Anyone with information about the theft should call PC Dave Allcock, at Fakenham police, on 101.

Other news

More than 2,000 hours when ambulance crews could have been responding to other calls in Norfolk were lost due to delays in handing patients over at A&E last month.

16:03

An 83-year-old dog walker was attacked from behind and murdered in a savage knife attack carried out by a man with a strong desire to kill strangers, a court was told today.

Norfolk police are appealing for witnesses after a hunting offence involving a group of dogs took place across farm land in Stiffkey, near Wells.

Nearly 700 adults and young people with learning disabilities could be missing out on essential annual health checks because they have not registered their disability with their GP.

Most Read

06:00

When doctors told her she had just months to live, Norfolk grandmother Liz Johnson and her family were devastated.

Read more
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

Norfolk police are appealing for witnesses after a hunting offence involving a group of dogs took place across farm land in Stiffkey, near Wells.

Read more
Norfolk police
Yesterday, 21:28

Just one KFC restaurant in the whole of Norfolk remained open today as the company continues to face chicken shortages.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:50

A burglar who targeted empty homes in North Norfolk to steal jewellery and valuables worth more than £40,000 was called a “menace” by a judge, who jailed him for four years.

Read more
Norwich Crown Court
Sunday, February 18, 2018

North Norfolk has been named as a hotspot for property price growth.

Read more
Norfolk

Local Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 6°C

min temp: 4°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Fakenham and Wells Times e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter