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Police say charity collector alerted police to Copeland

Christopher Copeland from Devon has been told he faces a long prison sentence after defrauding the charity Help for Heroes out of £300,000. DCI Mike Robison from Devon and Cornwall Police spoke to ITV Westcountry outside court today and told us it was one of the charity collectors Copeland was using that became alerted the police.

"He used a lot of charity collectors who went all over the country using military vehicles that were liveried with the Heroes livery on them. And the public, seeing these types of vehicles, would have quite legitimately given their money believing it was going to the charity when actually it didn't."

– DCI Mike Robison

Man pleads guilty to stealing £300,000 from Wiltshire charity

Christopher Copeland
Christopher Copeland Credit: Irving of Exeter

A man has been told he faces a long jail sentence after defrauding the Wiltshire-based charity Help for Heroes out of £300,000.

Garage owner Christopher Copeland organised charity supermarket collections with teams of volunteers, but failed to give the money to the charity.

The 51-year-old pleaded guilty. He will be sentenced on 15th September.


Bionic soldier defies medical opinion

A former Lance Corporal from Wiltshire is being hailed a bionic man after a remarkable return to fitness.

Seven years ago doctors told Jonathon le Galloudec he'd never walk again after he was shot in Iraq. Within months he'd proved them wrong.

Now the forces charity Help for Heroes are hoping to use his example to persuade the government to fund similar carbon fibre splints.

Richard Payne reports

Former Wiltshire soldier runs again thanks to bionic splints

A former soldier from Wiltshire, paralysed in an attack in Iraq, has started running thanks to the UK's first bionic splints.

Jonathon Le Galloudec was shot in the spine 7 years ago but has defied the experts with technology previously only available in America. If his trials are successful, the charity Help for Heroes will campaign for them to be funded by the NHS for injured veterans.


Wounded servicemen set to race across America

by Ken Goodwin

Eight wounded servicemen will tackle one of the world's toughest bike rides: The race across america. It runs more than three thousand miles from California west coast to Maryland on the east coast. It starts in June and the team will do it in eight days in a non-stop relay.

The team will raise money for help the heroes. Ken Goodwin was at the launch in Wiltshire today.

Help for Heroes introduces Race Across America team

Race Across America team
The team will cycle 350 miles everyday Credit: ITV Westcountry

Help for heroes has announced a team of wounded service personnel who will compete in the Race Across America this June, including Mark Allen from Dorset.

Cycling 3051 miles across 12 states, they'll cover a distance which is 30% longer than the tour de france and completing in roughly half the time.

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