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Poppy collection stolen from hospital

Police want to speak to this woman about the theft of a poppy collection box Credit: Hampshire Police

Police investigating the theft of a poppy collection box have released CCTV of a woman they want to speak to.

The 10-inch tall red collection box disappeared from the outpatients’ reception desk between of Romsey Hospital in Hampshire on November 6.

The woman is described as white, 5ft 6ins tall, with short brown hair.

She wore a brown bomber-style jacket with black trim around the neck, black leggings, ankle boots and a poppy.

Anyone who can identify the woman in the photograph is asked to contact PC Richard Goddard at Romsey on 101 or the anonymous Crimestoppers charity line on 0800 555 111.

Man arrested over "poppy burning"

Poppies have been a symbol for Remembrance for nearly a century Credit: Leon Neal/PA Wire

A Kent man has been arrested after allegedly putting a picture of a burning poppy on Facebook. Kent Police said the man, from Aylesham, was arrested on suspicion of malicious telecommunications and was last night in police custody awaiting interview by officers.

The arrest came after thousands of people wore poppies yesterday at services across the country to mark Remembrance Sunday.

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Police leads after D-Day museum burglary

Police are following several leads to find suspects linked to a burglary at the D-Day Museum in Southsea.

Officers were called shortly before 1am this morning to the building on Clarence Esplanade.

A concrete block had been used to break a window before a box containing charity donations was stolen. Two men were seen near the museum at the time.

The first was described as white, 5 ft 6 to 5 ft 7 ins tall, aged in his 20s skinny build and wearing dark clothing

The second was described as white, aged in his 20s, skinny build, wearing dark clothing.

It's believed the men left the scene in a small red hatchback car. Police are making a range of enquiries to trace this vehicle.

Vandals stop museum revamp

The D-Day Museum in Southsea Credit: Wikipedia

Vandals have targeted a Hampshire museum dedicated to commemorating the D-Daylandings, as it prepared to reopen following a revamp.

The D-Day Museum in Southsea has had to cancel its relaunch, which was due to be attended by veterans, following the break-in. Poppy Appeal cash was also stolen.

Lee Hunt, from Portsmouth City Council, said: "It's horrendous to report but the spectacular, brand new frontage has been smashed, and Poppy Appeal donation money stolen.

"It looks as though something like a breeze block has been thrown at the window to gain access and money from donations stolen.

"This is really upsetting for everyone involved getting the museum ready in time for half-term and for Remembrance Day.

"But this will not deter us. We'll repair the damage, we'll do everything we can to catch those responsible, and we will have our fantastic opening as soon as possible."

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South West Trains backs Poppy Appeal

South West Trains is helping to support the Royal British Legion's 2012 Poppy Appeal. The London train operator will this week undertake activities to help staff and customers honour and remember Service personnel who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

South West Trains has agreed that uniformed Armed Forces personnel can travel free of charge on its services on Wednesday (31 October) and Thursday (1 November). This will assist serving and former servicemen and women travelling to London to take part in London Poppy Day on Thursday.

Regional poppy launch today

Pixie Lott performs at the launch of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2012, in Trafalgar Square, yesterday. Credit: PA

Following in the footsteps of the national appeal launched in London by popstars Pixie Lott and Alesha Dixon yesterday, Hampshire is to launch its poppy appeal today.

The Royal British Legion spends £1.7million pounds a week on care and support for military families.

Its work includes help for service personnel returning from Afghanistan as well as those from past conflicts. The county's fundraising helps to fulfil these roles.

Singers Dixon and Lott spoke today of the "absolute honour" of performing at the launch of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

The pair, who are the faces of the Poppy Appeal 2012, were cheered by crowds in Trafalgar Square in London as they headlined a free concert to launch the Legion's annual fundraising drive.