An ex Coldstream Guards Serviceman, Maurice Bastable, whose grandfather won a commendation in World War I, was selling Poppies for 10 hours outside Marks & Spencers last Saturday. He was approached by a gang member who distracted him while their accomplice snatched two cash boxes containing over £1,000 in proceeds from sales of poppies. Not content with this haul, a third gang member stole a third cash box the following morning.
Mr Bastable said: “We all know thieving goes on all over the country but it has never happened to me in the 12 years I’ve been collecting from the public. I think the two men and woman who stole from me are the scumbags of the earth – but then who are we to say? We now have the four cash boxes on a chain. It certainly is sad that it has come to this. I have never seen anything like this before.”
It says something that he said Mr Bastable has never seen anything like this before, crimewave Britain is plumbing new depths of depravity.