Not even a week has passed since we reported on the low-lifes that were destroying War memorials. Yet the cowards have found another easy target to show just how big they are.
Police have arrested two men, 28 and 54, and a woman, 24 on suspicion of stealing two collection boxes from veteran Maurice Bastable outside of M&S, Basingstoke last Saturday containing around £1500.
Maurice said he was standing outside an M&S store in his Coldstream Guards uniform when his cash boxes were swiped by the theives.
The 84-year-old said he was deliberately distracted during the incident in Festival Place, Basingstoke, on Saturday.
When he looked back around, he saw all the takings from the day had gone.
He said: “I was very shaken up, as you can well imagine.
“The shopping centre has 400 security cameras, so the police and security were very quickly on the spot and they did make an identification.
“On Sunday morning, one of the same people stole a third collecting box off the actual stall which I was attending.”
Following thefts, all poppy sellers now need to keep their cash boxes on a chain, which Mr Bastable admitted was “sad”, especially with the World War 1 centenary looming.
Yet again words fail us. Respect seems to now be a thing of the past.