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UPDATED: A collection box for this year’s Poppy Appeal has been stolen from a church in Ryde.

The shocking discovery was made at All Saints’ Church on Queens Road yesterday (Tuesday).

It’s feared hundreds of pounds could now be in the hands of a despicable individual or group as the collection box would have been full from the Remembrance Sunday services.

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2 services were held over the weekend to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the First World War over 100 years ago.

Terry Clarkson, who was involved in organising Sunday’s Armistice Day events in the town, has taken to Facebook to address the person or persons behind the theft. Given the nature of the incident, Island Echo has decided to run the full quotation, without censorship.

“To the person who felt that their needs were greater than the needs of the country’s Armed Forces veterans and their families, who receive support from the Royal British Legion through the money raised by the Poppy appeal, I hope that with whatever money was in the Poppy collecting pot that you stole from All Saints Church at Ryde, your needs have been dealt with.

“That money would have gone towards supporting men and women who put their life on the line without question and are going through issues you couldn’t even dream of in your worst nightmare, so that parasites like you can walk around our communities thieving whatever they like.

“You are not fit to lick the boots of these men and women or those of their families”.

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UPDATE @ 12:24 – Police are now appealing for information for the theft from a table at the rear of the church, near the main door.

Hampshire Constabulary have said that the theft took place between 14:00 on Wednesday 7th November and 17:00 on Sunday 11th November.

Anyone with any information can call Police on 101 quoting 44180428187. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously

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