Northampton poppy tin thief offers to pay back more than stolen £30 to Royal British Legion

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A man who stole a poppy appeal collection tin from a Northampton shop has offered to pay back more money than he stole.

Darren Bason, of Byron Street in Kingsley, was ordered to pay £30 to the Royal British Legion to replace the value of the money that was in the tin, which he stole from the cigarette counter in Asda in Harborough Road in Kingsthorpe on October 30.

The 43-year-old was also ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge, £85 in court costs, and was placed under a six month supervision and rehabilitation order.

After being sentenced at Northampton Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, Bason asked magistrates if he could “pay back more to the poppy people.”

He said: “I will do everything I can to make up for what I did now that I have been helped.

“But it was my actions and I have been punished for them.”

Bason turned himself in to Weston Favell police station on November 12, after seeing reports of the theft on social media.

Paul Harkins, defending, told the court that Bason had been battling with drug addiction and that he stole the money to buy food.

Bason pleaded guilty to theft last month.