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'Beyond the Battlefield': How to help our armed forces

It's the time of year where we remember those that have died serving their country. But this year the Royal British Legion, the charity that runs the Poppy Appeal, wants us to think about the members of the armed forces past and present that still need our help today.

In the first part of our series 'Beyond the Battlefield' our reporter Hannah Gamlin has been to visit the charity's East Midlands' advice centre which is based in Derby, and to meet some of the people it's helped.

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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.

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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.

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