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Prison sentence for stealing poppy collection box

Jonathan Effiong-Gordon Credit: Thames Valley Police

A man has been sent to prison for stealing a poppy collection from a library in Bracknell.

Jonathan Effiong-Gordon, aged 32, Halewood, Bracknell, was imprisoned for four weeks after pleading guilty to theft at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (12/11).

At about 3pm on 6 November, Effiong-Gordon used scissors to cut a cable tie that connected the collection box to reception at the library in Town Square

Effiong-Gordon then removed the contents of the collection before discarding it.

Effiong-Gordon was arrested and charged on Remembrance Day.

School children create ceramic poppy display

Ceramic poppies Credit: Hart District Council
Ceramic poppies Credit: Hart District Council
Ceramic poppies Credit: Hart District Council

Hawley Place School has created a visual masterpiece after making 560 poppies out of clay in recognition of Remembrance Day.

Over a period of three months, parents, students and staff at Hawley Place School have been working to create a ceramic poppy display. The children - aged from two to sixteen - worked in small groups to create, press, glaze and assemble the poppies.

The project was led by Mr Ghani, Deputy Chair of Hawley Place Parents’ and Teachers Association (PTA). The inspiration for the poppy making came from both the Paul Cummin installation at the Tower of London and the school’s own bi-annual Battlefields trip, which took place this year at the end of the summer holiday.

Speaking about the project Mr Stone, Principal at Hawley PlaceSchool, said: “We are fortunate to have such an active and involved PTA, who through their commitment and dedication to the school have produced an outstanding memorial to those who gave – and continue to give – their lives for us. The entire Hawley community has been involved in this inspirational activity which will be remembered for many years to come.”

On Friday 7 November Cllr Myra Billings, Chairman of HartDistrict Council, was invited to meet staff and students involved in theproject. Alongside the Chairman, veteran Jack Brant was invited as a thank you for his long standing service to the community by raising more than sixteen thousand pounds over the past few years selling poppies outside Waitrose in Frimley, on behalf of the British Legion.

Cllr Myra Billings, said: “This is an absolutely marvellousproject and I think that the children, by doing this project, have gained agreater understanding of what remembrance services are all about. My thanks to everyone involved in this fantastic display, including the PTA, school staff,children and the local businesses that were involved.”

The poppies will be on display over the next week. Following this they will be given to the person who sponsored the creation of the poppy. Hawley Place School hopes to raise over £2,000 for the Royal British Legion from the sale of the Hawley Place poppies.

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Poppy Appeal collection box taken

Police want to speak to a man and woman after poppy appeal collection box was stolen Credit: Hampshire Police
Police want to speak to a man and woman after poppy appeal collection box was stolen Credit: Hampshire Police
Police want to speak to a man and woman after poppy appeal collection box was stolen Credit: Hampshire Police

Police have released a CCTV image of a man and a woman they want to speak to after a Poppy Appeal collection box was stolen in Denmead. The incident happened at around 4.40pm on Friday, November 7 when a man and a woman entered the Southern Co-op, Hambledon Road. After walking around the store, the man distracted the cashier while the woman stole the collection box, which was at the till.

This was a disgraceful crime which is disrespectful to those who have given so much for our country. I would urge everybody to look at these pictures and get in touch with us if you recognise these people, or have any other information that could assist our inquiry.

– PC Sarah Newman

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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