Wife turns in fundraiser who stole cash from Poppy Ap­peal

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - By Ai­den Bar­low

The or­gan­iser of Ash­ford’s Poppy Ap­peal has ad­mit­ted steal­ing more than £600 from the fund.

Derek Rus­sell, 53, was caught and re­ported by his wife af­ter she saw wads of cash in his wal­let.

Rus­sell’s role with the town’s branch of the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion saw him hit the streets and knock on doors to raise money to help ex-ser­vice­men and their fam­i­lies.

But he was se­cretly tak­ing cash while other mem­bers of staff went to make tea or use the tele­phone, a court heard.

When chal­lenged by his wife over the thefts, Rus­sell said “Well, they get plenty”.

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