Bristol poppy tin thief caught on CCTV sent to prison

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John Peter Davis is caught on CCTV in the hardware store

A man accused of stealing three Royal British Legion poppy tins from two shops and a bank in Bristol has been jailed for four and a half months.

John Peter Davis, 29, of no fixed abode, was charged with stealing the tins from a hardware store and a bank.

The third theft took place in a newsagents on Armistice Day. Davis was arrested after CCTV from the hardware store was handed over to police.

He was also ordered to pay the Royal British Legion £100 compensation.

Davis, a heroin and crack addict, pleaded guilty to the three charges of theft at Bristol Magistrates' Court.

Magistrate Karen Shaw said: "There was a real genuine loss to the Royal British Legion.

"It is a good cause and people worked hard to raise that money."

The tins were stolen from Pearce's Hardware on Gloucester Road on 9 November, the NatWest bank on Corn Street on 10 November and McColls newsagent on Cheltenham Road on 11 November.

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