Poppy tin stolen in nursing home burglary

06 Nov 2017 14:43 PM

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Police are appealing for witnesses after callous burglars stole a Remembrance Day  Royal British Legion charity collection box and raffle prizes from a Newcastle nursing home.

It happened at approximately 3.15am the early hours of Sunday, November 5 at Byker Hall Nursing Home on Allendale Road in Byker. Offenders forced their way through the front door and stole the charity box containing cash and Christmas raffle prizes from the nursing home reception area including: a hamper containing bottles of wine and glassed, a watch, gift set box of beers and a litre of vodka,gin and rum. 

Neighbourhood PC Gordon Dunbar said: "We're appealing for help from the public to help us find those responsible for these thefts.

"To steal a poppy collection box which is there to raise money to support Britain's war heroes is a completely heartless crime.  The Nursing home is also losing out because of this crime as their raffle aims to raise funds which benefit their elderly residents during the year."

Police are appealing for witnesses, anyone who was in the area and who may have seen or heard anything suspicious, is asked to contact police.

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting reference number  271 of 05/11/17 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.