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British Legion targeted by poppy thieves

Thousands of poppies along with service medals and memorial plaques have been stolen from a Royal British Legion centre in Manchester. The items were being stored in a shipping container and were taken along with poppy wreaths, crosses, appeal wristbands and high-vis jackets used by collectors.

The items disappeared from the Royal British Legion at Ordsall District Centre in Salford Credit: Press Association

Detective Sergeant Julie Connor, from Greater Manchester Police, said: "The container was very large and heavy and would have required a large vehicle and lifting equipment to remove it... This crime will directly affect those personnel who dedicate their lives to serving our country."

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 5351 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.