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Man sentenced for stealing from Royal British Legion’s Poppy appeal in Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 23:24 08 June 2018

One of the charity boxes was stolen from Clements Academy in Haverhill Picture: GOOGLE

One of the charity boxes was stolen from Clements Academy in Haverhill Picture: GOOGLE

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A thief who stole three charity collection boxes in west Suffolk has been sentenced.

David Kemp took collections for the Royal British Legion in October and November last year, when many shops and organisations raise funds before Remembrance Day.

The 38-year-old, who now lives in Birmingham, but was formerly of Fritton Court, Haverhill, was charged with three counts of theft in the town.

Poppy appeal collection boxes were stolen from the Londis supermarket in Gloucester Road on October 28 and the Clements Primary Academy in Greenfields Way, on November 9. Kemp also stole the collection box from the Arts Centre in Haverhill Town Hall on November 10.

He admitted the charges before Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on May 30 and was sentenced to eight weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months. The case was moved to Birmingham after a hearing on May 15 before Suffolk Magistrates’ Court.

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