A COUPLE snatched a Poppy Appeal collection box from a Swindon McDonald's in what police branded a deplorable crime showing shocking disrespect.

The man and woman were seen to unhook the tin from its chain and conceal it before leaving the restaurant.

Wiltshire Police said the Royal British Legion charity collection box was taken from the McDonald's on Great Western Way at around 6.50am on Saturday, November 2.

The force has now released images of the two people officers want to speak to in connection with the theft.

The man is described as black, wearing a dark blue coat, white top and backpack. The woman was white, black-haired and wearing a dark-coloured coat with a fur lined hood.

PC Steve Yeates, from Swindon Police, said: “Over the past few days we have seen how strongly the general public feel about the importance of honouring those who have lost their lives during service to their country.

“So this theft is a deplorable crime. Not only have the suspects stolen money from a good cause, but they have also shown shocking disrespect to everything the Poppy Appeal represents.

“We know people will recognise the man and woman pictured, so would urge the public to help us with our enquiries.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.