Thieves stole more than 100 handmade poppies which had been placed on display outside a village church in time for Remembrance Day.
The poppies, which were created with the bottoms of plastic bottles, were stolen from the grass verge outside Centenary Methodist Church in Measham Road, Moira, near Ashby over the weekend, Leicestershire Police said.
They had been created by a member of the church and their disappearance has caused anger and upset in the community, DerbyshireLive reported today.
North West Leicestershire Police posted on Facebook today: “We’re investigating after a number of handmade poppies were stolen from the Moira area.
“Sometime between the early hours of Saturday and early hours of Sunday, 109 poppies, which had been handcrafted from plastic bottles to commemorate Remembrance Sunday, were stolen.
“The poppies, which had been made by the local community, were on display on a grassed area outside Centenary Methodist Church in Measham Road.
“The theft has understandably left the local community upset and officers are appealing for anyone who has information about the incident to contact police.”
The annual Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal for Leicestershire and Rutland was launched last month.
Launching the Royal British Legion’s appeal for Leicestershire and Rutland, president Colonel Robert Martin said it was hoped to boost last year’s total of £793,838, itself an increase of £106,000 on the previous year.
Four Second World War veterans, including one whose translation of German radio messages pinpointed targets for the Allies to bomb on D-Day, helped launch the annual appeal at Beaumanor Hall, near Loughborough – a wartime listening centre which intercepted encrypted enemy signals.
Contact Leicestershire Police on 101.
Written By: Ciaran Fagan
First published 04.11.19: https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/anger-109-handmade-remembrance-poppies-3501743