Callous thieves steal poppy collection box in raid on Doncaster community centre

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Residents in a Doncaster town have been left shocked after thieves broke into a community centre and stole a poppy collection tin in the hours leading up to Remembrance Sunday.

The burglary is believed to have taken place at the Elm Green Lane centre, Conisbrough between midday on Saturday, November 7 and 7.30am on Remembrance Sunday, when persons unknown forced entry to the centre in Elm Green Lane, causing damage to the door.

A number of other items were also taken during the break-in.

Commenting on social media, resident Deborah Cotterill wrote: "Its (sic) a complete disgrace and they should be ashamed of themselves."

Another member of the What's guin off in Conisbrough/Denaby/Mexborough? group said: "Unbelievable what levels people will stoop to."

Enquiries are ongoing and officers are keen to hear from anyone with information.

This is the second community centre burglary in Conisbrough this week.

The Ivanhoe centre in Gardens Lane was broken into on Monday night.

Thieves made away with packets of coffee and tea, two bottles of wine due to be used in a raffle and around £20 of petty cash, after gaining access by removing the shutters to the fire entrance with a crowbar.

Anyone who may have witnessed the burglary, or seen anything suspicious in the area at the time of either burglary is urged to call police on 101 or email enquiries@southyorks.pnn.police.uk.