A pub landlady from Ilkeston has branded thieves who stole cash destined to help Britain’s war heroes as ‘the lowest of the low.’
Charlotte Peak, who runs the Midland Hotel pub, on Nottingham Road, Ripley, estimated the tins for the British Legion’s Poppy Appeal, Macmillan Cancer Support and the Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance contained a total of £300 donated by drinkers for the three charities.
Raiders broke into the pub by forcing open a fire door between 2.30am and 6.45am on November 11.
Police are examining CCTV images as part of their investigation.
Charlotte, who was in the pub at the time of the break-in, said she heard nothing.
She added: “We only had the Poppy Appeal and the Macmillan containers in for the last few weeks, but the Air Ambulance container was nearly full.
“The people who did this are the lowest of the low.
“When you steal from charities it isn’t right.
“We want to appeal for witnesses to help the police catch who did this.”
The raiders appeared to have searched the bar area before taking the collection containers, but took nothing else.
Anyone with any information can call investigating officers on 101 or speak anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.