Man arrested over poppy box theft

Crime story
Crime story

POLICE investigating the Remembrance Day theft of a Poppy Appeal collection box from an Up Holland pub have arrested a man.

Lee Rushton, 24, is due to answer bail at Skelmersdale police station on December 10 while investigations by Lancashire Constabulary officers into the November 11 incident continue.

Fifteens at the Fox on Roby Mill reported that the container, which had been standing on the bar until that evening, had gone missing.

Rushton, previously of Masefield Drive, Worsley Mesnes, but now of no fixed address, was arrested by Greater Manchester Police officers on an unrelated matter: the alleged harassment of his father Andrew at his home in Gidlow between November 19 and 23.

He is due to appear before Wigan and Leigh magistrates this Friday charged with that matter. He will discover on December 10 whether he is to be charged with the charity theft, rebailed pending further inquiries or the investigation against him dropped.

The theft of the Poppy Appeal box caused widespread anger, not least from the Royal British Legion who were due to collect the money later that week.

Pub boss Tony Callaghan made a £100 donation to the appeal to make sure it wasn’t out of pocket.