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Editor's comments: Help find the lowlife who stole collection

PUBLISHED: 08:00 27 October 2018

Staff at The Bull in Romford are angry that their Help for Heroes collection tin was stolen from the bar. Left to right Stephanie Hawkins, manager Tina Donno and Carolyn Gore.

Staff at The Bull in Romford are angry that their Help for Heroes collection tin was stolen from the bar. Left to right Stephanie Hawkins, manager Tina Donno and Carolyn Gore.

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This week we are appealing to readers to help catch the lowlife who stole a Help for Heroes charity collection tin from a pub.

We have CCTV footage on our website which shows him looking furtively around, seeing that no one is watching and then leaning over the bar to unhook the tin and stuff it inside his jacket.

This is money that was clearly being collected to help ex-servicemen and women in need.

These are people who put their lives on the line to protect us. Many came back with injuries – seen and unseen – or have struggled to adapt back into civilian life.

The theft also comes just two weeks before the nation honours all those who have served our country with the annual Remembrance services – particularly poignant this year because it is 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Havering people always put on a particularly impressive show of support for Remembrance and the Poppy Appeal so the whole borough will be sickened by this act of petty theft.

Someone must know him. Please show him this is not acceptable by either persuading him to do the right thing and return the tin or by giving his name to the police.

If you’re planning to celebrate Halloween, you could do worse that visit two attractions in Collier Row.

Darryl Andrews has been creating a spooky maze in his Boxmoor Road garden for several years.

The Gabriel family are putting on an illusions experience in their Avelon Road garden.

Both experiences will be collecting money for charity. Perhaps they could be an alternative to trick or treat.

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