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A NORTH East millionaire has stepped in to help a church after thieves stole from their Poppy Appeal collection box.

Brian Burnie, who sold his Doxford Hall estate in Northumberland to set up cancer charity Daft as a Brush, has stepped in to help All Saints church in Rothbury after thieves targeted their British Legion appeal.

Mr Burnie said he read about the theft from the church and was so upset he wanted to compensate the church by donating PS200 to replace the money that was stolen.

"When I read the article at the weekend I was upset that someone could stoop so low as to steal from war veterans and because there had been a similar situation before I thought I would help," said Mr Burnie.

"I thought it was only right and proper to refund the money.

"I would like to donate PS200 so it means they are more than compensated.

"Hopefully the original money has since been recovered because it is awful," he said.

The charity box for the Poppy Appeal was at the back of All Saints church in Rothbury, Northumberland, when it was targeted by thieves and an unknown amount of money was taken on November 1. The Reverend Michael Boag, of All Saints, said it was heart-warming to hear of generosity like Mr Burnie's in the community.

"It is just so lovely," said Rev Boag. "We are immensely grateful and heart-warmed that someone has done this."

Anyone with information should call Northumbria Police on 101.

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