TWO Poppy Appeal tins were stolen just hours apart on Remembrance Sunday in a 'disgraceful' and 'disrespectful' act.

Hampshire Police said they received a report that a collection box had been stolen from a McColls store on Sunday at 12.45pm.

Two women walked into the Weyhill Road store and stole the charity tin and some baby milk.

Inspector Paul Markham said: “This is a disgraceful incident where, on Remembrance Sunday, a Poppy Appeal collection box has been stolen.

"This is extremely disrespectful to those who have given so much for our country.

"I would urge anyone with information to contact us as soon as possible to help us identify those responsible.”

Anyone with information should call Hampshire Constabulary on 101 quoting 44170440589.

A Spar shop in Ludgershall also reported on social media of having a Poppy Appeal collection tin stolen.

Business Development Manager, Susan Connolly, said: "I am disgusted by the incident in our Ludgershall store.

"To commit to stealing a Poppy Appeal charity pot on any day is shocking but to take it on Remembrance Day is just sickening."

On the Andover Road store's Facebook account, it urged people to share photos of two women who the store had said had stolen a Poppy Appeal charity pot from its shop at around 1pm on Sunday.

A Wiltshire Police spokesperson said: "Although we have not received a report in relation to this incident, we’ve tasked officers from our Community Policing Team to investigate the matter further.

"Anyone with information should call police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”