Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, a spokesman for the Royal British Legion said: "The Royal British Legion is appalled to hear of this act of violence against one of our poppy collectors in Manchester.
"It is shocking that a young man who has dedicated his spare time as a cadet to supporting the Poppy Appeal could be targeted in this horrifying manner.
“We extend our sympathy and support to the cadet and his family and will be cooperating with the police investigation of this incident.”
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