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Poppy Appeal charity boxes stolen in Gloucestershire

The first man wanted by Gloucestershire Constabulary. Credit: Gloucestershire Constabulary

Several Poppy Appeal charity boxes have been stolen from shops and pubs in Gloucestershire. One man was even wearing a poppy as he committed the crime.

Police have released CCTV images of people they want to speak to in relation to the thefts in the north Cotswolds and Tewkesbury.

On Monday, three Poppy Appeal charity boxes were stolen from the Post Office in Chipping Campden High Street; a shop in Market Place, Northleach; and a pub in Sherbourne Street, Bourton on the Water.

The offender in these incidents is described as a white man, aged in his late fifties or early sixties; around 6ft 2 inches tall with grey collar-length hair. He was wearing a medium-length green wax-style country jacket, a flat green cap and a blue jumper.

Officers would like to speak to the man pictured in the first two CCTV images in connection with these thefts.

Another image of the first man wanted by Gloucestershire Constabulary. Credit: Gloucestershire Constabulary

At around 5.45pm on Monday, a Poppy Appeal charity collection box was stolen from a service station at Ashchurch.

The offender walked into the premises, removed the cable that was securing the box and stole it.

Officers would like to speak to the man pictured in the following three CCTV images in connection with this theft.

The second man wanted by Gloucestershire Constabulary. Credit: Gloucestershire Constabulary
The collection box was stolen from a service station at Ashchurch. Credit: Gloucestershire Constabulary
The man removed the cable which was securing the collection box. Credit: Gloucestershire Constabulary

This is a despicable crime; it is hard to comprehend how anyone can think it is acceptable to steal from any charity.

This money has been donated by people for an incredibly worthy cause and we are committed to finding those individuals responsible.

– Inspector Owen Hughes, Gloucestershire Constabulary

If you recognise images from the Cotswolds or have information that could help this investigation you should call 101 quoting incident 150 of November 5.

If you recognise images from Ashchurch or have information that could help this investigation you should call 101 quoting incident 235 of November 6.

You can also remain anonymous and contact the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or via the Crimestoppers website.

In some cases Crimestoppers offer rewards of up to £1000 where information leads to a conviction.