Facebook outcry over claims man stuffed stolen poppies from Lincoln war memorial into his underpants
An angry Lincoln man claims to have caught a thief stashing poppies from a war memorial in his underwear. Simon Snowden, a close protection officer, alleges that a man wearing a lime green polo shirt trousered the flowers laid down on the Lincoln War Memorial, at St Benedict’s Square a commemorative landmark etched with the names of the men and women who lost their lives over the course of the two World Wars.
The 40-year-old, who was out shopping with a friend, confronted the man – who he said eventually returned the flowers to their previous position – at around 5.25pm on Sunday, May 14. Mr Snowden said: “I was walking into town with my friend when I saw him.
“I told him I am an off-duty close protection officer and that I was disgusted by what I’d seen him do.
“I also said that I would detain him until the police arrived if he didn’t put them back.
“I didn’t think it warranted three ‘999’ calls, and I couldn’t get through on the non-emergency number so I had to let him go as there was nothing more I could legally do but I hope gets prosecuted.
“I managed to get a picture of him, where you can see there is a poppy in his right-hand side trouser pocket and he also produced more from his underwear.”
Charles Driffill contacted a Lincolnshire Live reporter on Facebook to express his disgust at the allegations, which have been shared over social media. He said: “It is so disrespectful and makes me sick that someone would do something like that.
Lincolnshire Police have since been notified of the alleged offence. A spokesman for the force confirmed that the incident has been logged and an officer will be assigned to investigate the matter further.
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