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Poppy thief jailed for 52 weeks

A THIEF, who stole Poppy Appeal tins in the run up to Armistice Day, has been jailed for 52 weeks.

Carl Anthony Mason, 29 of Creswell Avenue, Preston, appeared at Hyndburn Magistrates Court this morning (Wednesday 23 November) after pleading guilty to attempted theft of a charity box from the Lockside Tavern, Bolton Road; theft of a poppy tin from Santander Bank, King William Street, Blackburn and theft of a Poppy tin from Boots, Great Bolton Street, Blackburn.

He had four further offences taken into consideration.

He was arrested after members of the public recognised him in CCTV footage which had been released by the police. He was later charged and remanded in custody.

Blackburn town centre Sgt Dave Clarke said: -Mason committed an appalling and despicable crime. He took advantage of the goodwill of the local community and stole money which was intended to support men and women who have fought or served for their country.”

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