Cash destined to help Britain’s war heroes has been stolen by thieves who raided a pub in Ripley.
Raiders broke into the Midland Hotel pub, on Nottingham Road, by forcing open a fire door between 2.30am and 6.45am on November 11.
Landlady Charlotte Peak estimated the tins for the British Legion’s Poppy appeal, Macmillan Cancer Support and the Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance contained a total of £300. Police are examining CCTV images as part of their investigation.
Charlotte, who lives in Ilkeston and has been managing the pub for the last six months, said she was in the pub at the time of the break-in, but heard nothing.
Charlotte said: “We only had the Poppy Appeal and the Macmillan containers in for the last few weeks, but the Air Ambulance container was nearly full.
“The people who did this are the lowest of the low. When you steal from charities it isn’t right.
“We want to appeal for witnesses to help the police.”
She added that the area had been hit by burglars several times recently. A hairdresser’s salon and a launderette, both on Nottingham Road, had fallen victim to burglars over the last two weeks.
The raiders appeared to have searched the bar area
before taking the collection containers, but took nothing else.
If you have any information, call 101 or Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.