Heartless thieves stole money for British Legion collection box in church

Appeal for thieves who targeted Poppy collection box inside All Saints church in Rothbury, Northumberland

The Rev Michael Boag, from All Saints in Rothbury
The Rev Michael Boag, from All Saints in Rothbury

Heartless thieves who stole from a British Legion charity box inside a North East church are being hunted by police.

The charity box for the Poppy Appeal was at the back of All Saints church in Rothbury, Northumberland, when it was targeted by thieves and an unknown amount of money was taken on November 1.

The Reverend Michael Boag, of All Saints, said the community had been left shocked by the theft.

“I am hoping it was a one-off because the whole appeal is very well supported in Rothbury,” he said.

“The community has been shocked by it because it just does not happen here. It think that’s why it is such a surprise. Remembrance Sunday is very well supported here so this was really out of the blue and I hope it does not happen again,” added Rev Boag.

Councillor Steven Bridgett, who represents Rothbury for Northumberland County Council has also spoken of his upset at the theft and if offering a reward for any information.

“It is the fact that someone could steal from the Poppy Appeal in a church,” said Coun Bridgett. “I would like to know who has done it,” he added.

A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: “On Friday, November 1, police were informed the seal on a Poppy appeal collection box at a church in Rothbury had been damaged and money in the box has been taken.” Anyone with information should call Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191.

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