‘Sick’ thefts from charities

Poppy collection tins
Poppy collection tins

Two Poppy Appeal collection tins and another for St Wilfrid’s Hospice were stolen in thefts from shops last week.

One of the collection boxes was for The Dawn Weston Tribute Fund for St Wilfrid’s Hospice, which was taken from The Aqua Fish Bar in Hampden Park over the weekend.

Dawn died of cervical cancer in May, at the age of 26, and her family set up the charity in her memory.

Her husband, Dan Weston, said, “I’m quite upset. I can’t believe somebody has actually done it.”

Sussex Police said a call came in at 4.30pm on Sunday about the burglary, where the collection bucket and the shop’s till were taken some time over the weekend.

And just days before, two poppy collection tins were stolen from shops in Eastbourne.

The thieves were branded as ‘sick’ by shocked residents.

Sussex Police launched an investigation after the tins were stolen from shops in the town last Wednesday.

One Twitter user, Natasha Perkins, said, “When they get found the shame will be on their heads. They obviously have no respect for our ancestors and soldiers.”

Another user, Ben Fowler said they were ‘sick’.

Tom Singleton posted on the Facebook and said, “How low can these people be, I wear my poppy with pride!”

Sussex Police said, on Wednesday November 5, The Range in Lottbridge Drove and The Co-op in Seaside Road, reported the thefts, which occurred within one hour of each other.

The first, at The Range, occurred at 3.15pm and involved three suspects. One man distracted the counter staff whilst another man concealed the tin and cut the rope securing it. There was also a woman with them.

The second theft, at the Co-op, occurred at 4pm and involved two men who also distracted the counter staff whilst stealing the tin.

PC Ed Faulkner of Eastbourne Neighbourhood Policing Team, said, “Please be aware of suspicious behaviour around counters and ensure charity collection tins are in your line of sight at all times.”

Contact Sussex Police with information on any of the incidents, by calling 101.