Police appeal after wooden poppies and soldier sculptures were stolen in Bolton on Remembrance Sunday

They were stolen from the central reservation of a major road.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 14th November 2023

Police in Bolton are appealing for information some wooden poppies and soldier sculptures were stolen over the weekend.

They were placed on the central reservation of Bury Road in the Breightmet area of Bolton.

According to Greater Manchester Police (GMP), the incident took place on Remembrance Sunday sometime between 3pm – 8pm, although more specific times cannot be estimated, and a total of eight wooden soldiers and poppies were found to have been stolen when officers attended the scene following reports.

Sergeant Zach Keneally, from Bolton’s Neighbourhood Team, said the local community is “keen to see” the wooden poppies and soldiers returned, and has issued a public appeal for information and eyewitness to come forward.

“The community comes out in their numbers every year to honour those who have lost their lives in conflicts,” Sergeant Keneally explained.


“It is fantastic to see these soldiers and poppies on the central reservation as a mark of respect to the servicemen and women who have fought for our country… [so] if anyone has any information around the location of these missing soldiers and poppies, please do reach out as we are keen to see them returned.”

GMP Bolton North has also shared a number of images of the wooden poppies and solider sculptures in the place they were stolen from.


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Anyone with information on the whereabouts of these stolen items is asked to contact GMP on 101 or 0161 856 5761, quoting log number 3265 of 12/11/2023, or crime reference number CRI/06KK/0034005/23.

Alternatively, any information can be passed to the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Featured Image – GMP