Officers investigating the theft of a Poppy Appeal charity collection box in Bournemouth are issuing a CCTV image of the suspect.

At around 2.50am on Tuesday 29 October 2019 four men pretended they had lost their keys to gain access to the communal area of a block of flats in St Paul’s Place. One of the men was seen on CCTV to place the charity collection box under his top before they left the premises a short time later.

Sergeant Steve Boston, of Dorset Police, said: “This was a heartless theft, taking money that was intended for a charitable cause, and we are making enquiries to identify the man responsible.

“We have obtained CCTV footage of the suspect and I would urge anyone with information as to his identity to please contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email [email protected] or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55190170739. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via

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