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Thieves have smashed their way into Southsea's D-Day Museum and stolen money donated to the Poppy Appeal.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was due to take place at the museum today (30th October) to unveil to museum's brand new front entrance, which has now been damaged.
Cllr Lee Hunt, Portsmouth City Council Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure said: “We can’t quite believe we’re having to cancel this morning’s grand opening of the D-Day Museum, but a break-in and act of vandalism has forced us to postpone.
“It’s horrendous to report but the spectacular, brand new frontage has been smashed, and Poppy Appeal donation money stolen. It looks as though something like a breeze block has been thrown at the window to gain access and money from donations stolen.
“This is really upsetting for everyone involved getting the museum ready in time for half-term and for Remembrance Day.
“We’re saddened to disappoint our Veterans and visitors who were due to attend today. But, this will not deter us, we’ll repair the damage, we’ll do everything we can to catch those responsible, and we will have our fantastic opening as soon as possible.
“Police are currently on site and the museum itself will be open from 10.30am today.”