Girls to apol­o­gise af­ter wreck­ing poppy dis­play

Macclesfield Express - - CHILDREN IN NEED - STU­ART GREER

TWO teenagers have apol­o­gised af­ter de­fac­ing a poppy dis­play out­side a shop.

CCTV footage showed two girls, who are stu­dents at Mac­cles­field Col­lege, tear­ing off a num­ber of large card­board pop­pies from out­side Xpose clothes shop in Wilm­slow.

The own­ers of the fash­ion bou­tique on Wa­ter Lane turned de­tec­tive af­ter the in­ci­dent at around 4.30am on Satur­day, Novem­ber 7.

They posted the footage on their Face­book page in a bid to find those re­spon­si­ble for the early morn­ing van­dal­ism.

In the day fol­low­ing, the video was viewed more than 11,000 times, gen­er­at­ing a fu­ri­ous re­sponse.

The girls, aged 17 and 18, handed them­selves in to po­lice in Mac­cles­field on Novem­ber 11.

Po­lice say the pair have apol­o­gised to the shop own­ers, John and Jane Maloney, made a do­na­tion to the Poppy Ap­peal and will get a les­son from a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion of the sig­nif­i­cance of the pop­pies and Re­mem­brance Day.

Chief In­spec­tor Rob Dick­in­son said: “The girls, aged 17 and 18, were quickly iden­ti­fied and have shown full re­morse for their ac­tions.

“On speak­ing with the shop own­ers, they con­firmed they didn’t want to make a for­mal com­plaint against the pair but are fully aware of the ac­tion which has been taken by the po­lice.”

A new poppy dis­play was put up last Wed­nes­day in time for Armistice Day.

In a state­ment on the shop’s Face­book page, Mr and Mrs Maloney said: “Firstly, we would like to thank you for shar­ing our post re­gard­ing our pop­pies.

“A rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the two girls has been in to the shop to apol­o­gise on their be­half.

“They are said to be very re­morse­ful about their ac­tions.

“They are go­ing to is­sue a writ­ten apol­ogy and make a do­na­tion to the Bri­tish Le­gion.

“Could we now please draw a line un­der the whole sit­u­a­tion and move on. ”

Mac­cles­field Col­lege de­clined to com­ment.

●● The new poppy dis­play out­side Xpose on Wa­ter Lane in Wilm­slow, af­ter the orig­i­nal one was wrecked by two teenage girls

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