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Thieves target poppy collections

Thieves target poppy appeal collection tins.

The police in Southern Scotland are looking for witnesses after four poppy collection tins were stolen from shops.

Detectives say they want to speak to two men and two women in connection with the thefts in Lochmaben - including a woman who was captured by CCTV footage.

The group are all described as being in their 20s and of Asian appearance. Police say one of the women was wearing a long black skirt and spoke with broken English.

One of the men had a burgundy zipped jacket and curly hair.

The other man is described as wearing a black jacket.

Police are warning that the group could target other towns and villages in Dumfries and Galloway.

Weeping poppies on display at Sorbie Tower

Credit: Chris Hanna

A weeping window of poppies is on display at Sorbie Tower near Wigtown.

The display has been organised by tower warden Steve Hanna, with all proceeds going to the Poppy Scotland Appeal.

Visitors to the tower are able to buy a hand-knitted poppy and add it to the hundreds of others which are attached to the walls and windows.

Credit: Chris Hanna

The crocheted and knitted poppies have come from the Women's Institute and Cumbrian Museum, and are available to buy at the tower.

The poppies will be sent to their owners after the display comes down, following Remembrance Sunday.

The tower will be open to visitors wishing to purchase poppies on Sunday 5th November, Saturday 11th November and Sunday 12th November.

Credit: Chris Hanna

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Carlisle remembers the fallen

Crosses will be laid in a ceremony similar to last years. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A tribute to remember the soldiers who died in the two world wars, and other conflicts, takes place in Carlisle today.

The Royal British Legion and the Mayor of Carlisle will meet at Carlisle Cemetery.

They'll lay crosses as part of a ceremony to mark 100 years since the start of World War One.

Poppy Appeal launches in Carlisle

Cumbria's poppy appeal for 2014 launched in the centre of Carlisle earlier with a nostalgic show featuring music, costumes and local youngsters.

The Royal British Legion created the poppy appeal to help those returning from World War One. 100 years on the campaign to wear a poppy with pride is especially significant.

Kim Inglis reports.

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Poppy Appeal in Carlisle city centre

Carlisle's mayor is in the city centre today to visit various shops and businesses to thank them for raising money for this year's Poppy Appeal.

He'll be with Jodie Vasquez the Poppy Princess 2013 and Margaret Wadsworth, the Royal British Legion Carlisle Branch Chairman.

They'll start at House of Fraser at 1.40pm and finish at the Tesco in Rosehill at 3.50pm.

It's part of a number of councillor Ray Bloxham's official mayoral engagements in the build up to Remembrance Sunday, November 10th and Remembrance Day on November 11th.

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