Poppy Artist Got Death Threats

15 February 2015, 09:05

The Derby artist who made the poppies at the Tower of London has told a paper he got death threats from people who were angry some of the money was going to armed services charities.

Paul Cummins says he told the police after getting threats by email, phone and letter.

The installation's been taken down now with the poppies selling for a reported £10 million.

Mr Cummins told the Sunday Times:

'Some were by letter, some by email and some by phone, Even the police got involved. The threats came, I suppose, because they felt that the money was going to charities which in some way were involved in war.'

Some of the charities expected to benefit from the sale of the poppies included Help for Heroes, the Royal British Legion and Combat Stress.

David Cameron and Princes William and Harry were among those who planted ceramic poppies as part of the exhibit, installed as part of commemorations marking 100 years since the start of the Great War.

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