An investigation is underway after a poppy collection tin was stolen from Durham Light Infantry Museum on Thursday night.
Sergeant Bridget Orton, of Durham Police said:
"This was a particularly heartless crime, especially on the eve of Remembrance Sunday. It just goes to show that criminals have no regard for common decency and will even steal money raised for a charity or good cause."
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71-year-old Robert Howard was in jail at HMP Frankland and was due to give evidence at a re-ordered inquest in Belfast.