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Poppy sellers banned from centre
Les Jones
Les Jones says he is annoyed at the decision
A group of war veterans has been banned from selling remembrance poppies in part of a shopping centre - after their stall was branded a fire risk.

The Derby branch of the Burma Star Association has set up a stall in the city's Eagle Centre for several years.

But complex bosses said the group were unable to do the same thing this year for health and safety reasons.

War veterans said they were disappointed at the decision. The centre is having a 300m redevelopment.

Julie Ralphs, from the centre, said: "There is a lot of work going on in the centre at the moment and we have really had to tighten up on our health and safety.

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"It would have been acceptable before, but we are having to keep all areas quite clear at the moment.

"It is unfortunate we have been unable to accommodate them at this time."

A neighbouring indoor market and shop have now stepped in to allow the association to put up two stalls.

Les Jones, from the association, said: "Other years... we had no problems whatsoever but when it came to this year I am a bit annoyed when they turned around and said we couldn't go there."


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