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Thieves attack Chelsea Pensioners

Burglars who stole more than £6,000 from Chelsea Pensioners may have deliberately targeted them after they marked the anniversary of Armistice Day.

Police were called in when thieves stole takings from a safe in the veterans' club at the Royal Hospital, in central London, after it closed on Sunday night.

The raid came hours after the former soldiers attended remembrance services to honour their fallen comrades.

Dozens of Chelsea Pensioners were joined by relatives and friends at the club after returning from the ceremonies on one of its busiest days of the year.

Major-General Peter Currie, lieutenant governor of the Royal Hospital, said he suspected the intruders knew there would be a large amount of money.

He said: "It is terribly sad, coming at the end of Remembrance weekend and it is not the first time.

"If there is a club of that sort it is likely to have been a busy weekend, with a higher level of takings than normal.

"You cannot go to a bank on a Sunday night. If somebody was going to do it at any time the end of the weekend of remembrance is a good one.

"At the Royal Hospital it is a moment of great significance, a lot of people end up in the club visiting us.

"If anyone was looking at it through a burglar's pair of spectacles you might think that it was a good time."

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