Man arrested after poppy tin stolen from Great Northern Hotel in Peterborough

Exterior of Great Northern Hotel EMN-140209-115247009
Exterior of Great Northern Hotel EMN-140209-115247009
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A man has been arrested after a poppy tin was stolen from the Great Northern Hotel in Peterborough just one day after Remembrance Sunday.

The man was arrested today in connection with the theft of the box which contains money for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

The theft is believed to have taken place just before 9.30pm last night (Monday, November 9) at the hotel by Peterborough Station.

Hotel general manager Shaun Rollinson was told the tin was missing the following morning.

He said: “I was disgusted. It should not be done.”

It is unknown how much money was in the tin but the hotel will donate £50 to the Royal British Legion.

A poppy tin is put on the reception desk every year but next year it will be tied down to prevent a repeat occurrence.

Mr Rollinson added: “It’s a little naive to expect people do not steal things but you would not expect someone would have the lack of morals to do that.”

A Cambridgeshire police spokesman said: “We were called at 9.51am today to reports of the theft of a Royal British Legion collection box from the Great Northern Hotel, Peterborough.

“A man in his 30s from Peterborough has been arrested on suspicion of stealing the charity box.”