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Poppy cars to head out on patrol across Devon and Cornwall

This year’s Poppy Appeal showcases two police cars decorated with red poppies to show the force’s support to the Royal British Legion’s annual appeal.

From today (30 October) the  branded cars will be out and about on general patrol in Devon and Cornwall as well as attending a number of pre-planned events. 

On November 11 the cars will be both Exeter Cathedral and Bodmin Remembrance Day services with officers from the local areas.  

From Monday 12 November the vehicle will be back out on patrol across the two counties and will continue to hold the poppy design into December.

Officers from across the counties will be attending ceremonies and laying wreaths to remember those who died in conflict.

Devon and Cornwall Police's Chief Constable, Shaun Sawyer, said: “The two poppy cars this year are part of our remembrance service where we continue to support our armed forces in a public way, particularly as we mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. 

"Around 360 police officers from the two counties served in the Armed Forces during the war with 34 losing their lives.  This year we have invited members of their families to join our service at HQ to learn about their stories and remember their sacrifice.

“We hope that the car will remind people of the sacrifices that were made and encourage people to go out and buy a poppy ahead of this year’s Remembrance Day and actively engage with the Royal British Legion’s campaign.”

Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Alison Hernandez said: “It’s great to have two poppy cars again this year, it’s a really visible way to commemorate the service and sacrifice made by all members of the British armed forces and particularly police officers from Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly on the 100th anniversary of end of the First World War.” 

More than 40 million poppies will be distributed by 150,000 dedicated collectors during this year’s appeal.

The Royal British Legion hope to fundraise £47million this year. These funds will be used by the Legion to continue its vital work delivering practical, through life care and support to the armed forces community.

As a result of the public’s support in the last year, The Royal British Legion has been able to answer more than 1,077,019 requests for help from the armed forces community.

The Legion uses public donations to support in many ways including providing crisis grants, offering the children of armed forces personnel adventure breaks, researching the impact of blast injuries on the body, lobbying the government on key issues and advising on benefits and money problems.