Two women, allegedly of ‘Muslim appearance’, stole a charity box containing about £100 from poppy sales in a Spar shop in the famous garrison town of Ludgershall.
The thoughtless thieves took the box after the Remembrance Day Service in Ludgershall, just 500 yards from the town’s War Memorial.
Wiltshire businessman Andrew Connolly, who owns the shop, said: ”This was a despicable act of dishonesty on the day we were remembering the people who fell in battle. They were two women of Muslim appearance.”
It has since been reported that the poppy collection box in Wilton’s One-Stop shop has also been stolen by two women of a similar description.
Royal British Legion Wilton branch secretary Mrs Anne Jeal said:
“Apparently, two women dressed as Muslims took the collection box, but the staff were marvellous and decided to try to replace the money by putting out a bucket for customers to donate.”
Staff in the Wilton branch of the convenience store were praised for their actions after the Royal British Legion Poppy appeal donation box was stolen from the store on Remembrance Sunday.