Live updates

Thief jailed for stealing Poppy Appeal box

Christopher Anderson was jailed Credit: Derbyshire Constabulary

A thief has been jailed for a year after admitting stealing a Poppy Appeal box from a Derby pub on Remembrance Sunday.

Christopher Anderson was caught on CCTV walking into the Toby Carvery in Chaddesden and asking for a glass of water.

He then removed the collection box, which was chained to the bar, and left the pub.

The box was found empty in a street near the pub the following day. It contained money raised in support of the Royal British Legion.

Anderson, from London Road in Derby, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with the theft.

The 28-year-old appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to the theft.

He also admitted a number of other theft and burglary offences in Derby and North West Leicestershire.

He was jailed for a total of 52 weeks.


In Pictures: Pipers & drummers start a poppy appeal flash mob

Pipers and drummers took part in a shopping centre flash mob. Credit: ITV News Central
Shoppers were thrilled to stand and listen to the musicians. Credit: ITV News Central
Sixth form students from Littleover Community School read poems. Credit: ITV News Central
The flash mob was al in aid of the annual poppy appeal. Credit: ITV News Central

Poppies laid in remembrance of loved ones

Margaret Allen told ITV News Central that she attended the special service at the National Memorial Arboretum to lay a poppy in remembrance of her husband who died in the Falklands War.

Tony Matthews, from the Royal British Legion, also said that it is important to remember every man and woman who has given service to the country, not just the armed forces.

First Royal British Legion poppy appeal at Arboretum

For the first time, the National Memorial Arboretum branch of the Royal British Legion is launching a poppy appeal today.

A poppy wreath from The Royal British Legion Credit: PA

A Field of Remembrance will also be dedicated at a special service this morning, similar to the one near Westminster Abbey.

The Field of Remembrance outside Westminster Abbey Credit: PA

The Field of Remembrance gives an opportunity for everyone who wishes to plant a poppy cross in remembrance of those who have lost their lives in battle since the First World War.

The event will include contributions from two choirs and music from the wartime years.


Suspects arrested over Poppy Appeal donation tin theft

Three people have been arrested over the theft of a poppy collection tin from a Holiday Inn.

A 22-year-old woman and two men aged 22 and 25 were arrested on suspicion of theft just after 2pm today.

The annual Poppy Appeal raises cash for the Royal British Legion Credit: Katie Collins/PA

They are now being questioned in connection with the theft of the donation tin from the hotel in Sandwell.

PC Wendy Wright, from West Bromwich police station, said officers had been "overwhelmed" by the amount of calls following an appeal earlier this week.

Remembrance Sunday is supported by the nation and this theft obviously struck a chord with a lot of people.

I am overwhelmed by the amount of calls I have received from the public offering support in helping us find the thieves.

Army commander: 'Poppies support veterans and wounded'

Brigadier Gerhard Wheeler, who is the army regional commander for the West Midlands, told ITV News Central what he believes the meaning of the poppy is.

He was in Birmingham today as members of the Royal British Legion were joined by the armed forces to launch this year’s Poppy Appeal.

Military bands help launch Birmingham's Poppy Day

Members of the Royal British Legion have joined military bands in Birmingham’s Victoria Square ahead of this year’s Poppy Appeal throughout the city for Birmingham’s first Poppy Day - part of the charity’s Poppy Appeal 2013.

The Band of The Parachute Regiment perform outside Birmingham City Council House Credit: ITV News Central

Hundreds of volunteers have been accompanied by five military bands and will spend the day on commuter buses, collecting at the railway stations and Birmingham Airport, and going into the Queen Elizabeth Hospital to sell poppies and boost support.

The band recently supported troops in Afghanistan Credit: ITV News Central

The charity is hoping to raise £37 million this year with the appeal running until Monday 11 November. Every poppy sale helps to support the British Armed Forces past and present, and their families, by contributing towards ongoing practical care and support.

Load more updates