Appeal to trace rightful owners of military memorabilia Date published: 7th January 2019 10.40am

Officers are appealing to the public to help trace the owners of a number of items recovered as part of an ongoing investigation into theft from a local charity.

The items, which mainly consist of military memorabilia, have been recovered by officers investigating allegations fraud and theft against a member of staff at Blueapple Charity.

Police Constable Naomi Burnell said: “This is a complex investigation and our enquiries are currently ongoing.

“As part of this we are keen to locate the owners of a number of items which had been donated to the charity, not for sale, but to be displayed at the Blueapple coffee shop on Buttermarket Street in Warrington. Unfortunately there were no contact details for those who kindly donated the memorabilia, so we are unable to contact them directly.

“These items predominately consist of military memorabilia, but there are also a number of other items including collectible items and furniture.

“I’d ask anyone who believes that they own any of the items recovered to contact the team here at Warrington on 101 quoting incident number 266 of 19/2/2018.

Alternatively you can contact us on line at https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries, again quoting incident number 266 of 19/2/2018, and including a description of the item you donated to the charity.”

Information can also be reported anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

A 57-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of theft as part of the investigations; he has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.