A 20 foot shipping container was stolen in Salford.
Sometime between 4pm on Thursday 23 August 2012 and 12pm on Tuesday 28 August 2012, thieves stole a large silver aluminium container from the private grounds of The Royal British Legion at Ordsall District Centre, Ordsall.
Stored within the container was a large amount of property including memorial plaques, service medals and around 6000 poppies.
The container has a partly repaired wooden roof.
Detective Sergeant Julie Connor from Salford CID said "The container was very large and heavy and would have required a large vehicle and lifting equipment to remove it.
“The proceeds of the Poppy Appeal are used to support our soldiers in personal recovery centres for injured soldiers, welfare support for serving and ex- soldiers and those injured while on duty. This crime will directly affect those personnel who dedicate their lives to serving our country and it is essential we recover everything.
“I would urge anyone who has any information to the whereabouts of the items and the container, to contact police as soon as possible. Understandably, those at the British Legion have been left devastated by this theft and without the items, will not be able to make this year’s Poppy Appeal a success.”
Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 5351 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
A full breakdown of what was stolen:
Approximately 6000 poppies
Poppy appeal wristbands
Poppy collector hi vis jackets
British Legion and Union Jack flags.