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Salford poppy container theft: Lorry photo released

The lorry
Image caption It is thought the lorry used in the theft is a Volvo FL6 or FL7

An image has been released by police of a lorry believed to have been used to steal a container storing 6,000 poppies and collecting tins in Salford.

The theft of the metal container from outside the Royal British Legion club in Ordsall was discovered on Tuesday.

The contents of the container also included war memorial plaques and medals and memorabilia from the club, which closed in July.

Crimestoppers is offering £2,000 for information leading to a conviction.

Chairman of Crimestoppers Lord Ashcroft said: "This is a hugely disrespectful and heartless crime that has robbed a Royal British Legion Club of its history.

'Studied the CCTV'

"The people responsible for this theft should not be allowed to get away with this crime and must be brought to justice."

Police said the thieves had stolen the container, which has a partly repaired wooden roof, sometime between 16:00 on 23 August and 12:00 BST on Tuesday, from the club's private grounds in the Ordsall District Centre.

Det Ch Insp Ben Ewart said: "We have studied the CCTV footage and we believe this lorry was used to transport the container.

"It is thought the vehicle is a Volvo FL6 or FL7.

"I would ask anyone who may have seen a lorry similar to this driving in the area between 23 August and 28 August to contact us."

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