A businessman who managed to save a Poppy Tin after a thief stole it has been given an honour by the Mayor of Pendle.
Mrs Christine Sutcliff, Poppy Appeal organiser for Nelson and District Royal British Legion, requested that the Mayor of Pendle, Coun. Smith Benson, present Mr Rukhsar Khaliq with a Certificate of Appreciation.
Mr Khaliq from the Save Money Store in Carr Road, Nelson, was then given his certificate for going the extra mile in support of the Legion and, in fact, other charities.
Mrs Sutcliff explained: “During the Poppy Appeal, Mr Khaliq was in his store, when a thief tried to steal the Poppy Tin from the shop counter.
“He was chased and caught by Mr Khaliq who retrieved the Poppy Box, and explained later he was not having charity tins stolen from his store. It was totally unacceptable.
“The mayor was kind enough to thank Mr Khaliq, and said it was always good to be able to thank our citizens doing the extra bit.”
Mrs Sutcliff, while thanking him for his action and appreciating why he did it, did point out the Legion and all other charities, in fact, don’t want their supporters to put themselves in harm’s way.
And she said: “Please always advise the police if this sort of thing happens, so they can at least have a chance of stopping these individuals trying their stunts elsewhere.”
The president, chairman, secretary, and other officers of the Legion’s Nelson and District Branch were present at Nelson Town Hall to thank Mr Khaliq along with the mayor.