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Man jailed for theft of a poppy appeal collection box from a Leybourne supermarket

By William Janes

A homeless man has been sent to prison after stealing a charity collection box from a Leybourne supermarket.

Kent Police received a report that a Poppy Appeal collection tin had been taken from Tesco on Lunsford Lane at around 10.30pm on Thursday, November 2.

A police community support officer recognised Robert Barrow, 46, of no fixed address from CCTV images, leading to his arrest at Brenchley Gardens, Maidstone on Tuesday, November 7.

The money was meant to go towards the Poppy Appeal
The money was meant to go towards the Poppy Appeal

He was charged with theft and possession of cannabis and later appeared by video link before Medway Magistrates' Court.

Barrow was given a 130 day prison sentence and ordered to pay £100 compensation.

Maxine Martin chief inspector said: "Barrow has stolen from a charity that helps those in most need. By bringing him to justice in a swift manner, my officers have ensured he is not at large to commit further offences this year.

"While in prison he should reflect on his disgraceful conduct and how it compares to exemplary efforts of the charity volunteers who work tirelessly to help the vulnerable in our community."

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