Thieves break into Royal British Legion club and steal poppy collection tins on Armistice Day

Police have launched an investigation after thieves broke into a Royal British Legion club and stole poppy appeal collection tins on Armistice Day.

Two burglars smashed into the premises in Bridgend with a crowbar hours after the nation fell silent to commemorate World War veterans, and stole about six poppy collection tins, Wales Online reported.

The thieves also made off with £100 in cash, a glass full of staff tips, money from a pool table and fruit machine, and two bottles of Jack Daniels.

Club secretary David Roberts said he believed the culprits had stolen about £300.

Thieves stole six poppy appeal collection tins from a Royal British Legion club in Bridgend. Credit: PA Wire

"They robbed ex-servicemen, really," he told Wales Online. "It’s terrible. They could not have picked a worse time to do it.

"It doesn’t reflect well on them. There is supposed to be honour among thieves, but doing this two days before Remembrance Sunday is a bit much."

A JustGiving page has been set up to try and replace the money that was stolen.

South Wales Police said the perpetrators acted in a "disrespectful" and "callous" manner, and had caused a "great deal of distress".

Police urged anyone with information about the raid to call 101, quoting reference number 1600436766.