The conviction came the day after Remembrance Sunday and outraged war veterans. John Regan, field officer for Berkshire and Vale of the White Horse Royal British Legion, which covers the Challows, said: “It was a despicable act. We do not tolerate any misuse of funds, and it is vital the public’s money is used effectively.”
The 2007 Poppy Appeal closed last Sunday and it is hoped that it will raise £27.5m. A spokeswoman for the charity said it was early days but that early indications suggested the campaign had been a success.