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Tower of London chiefs have launched an investigation after a worker appeared to brag in a Facebook post that she had stolen a ceramic poppy from the display.
Jo Maxwell, who posted a picture of herself with one of the poppies from Paul Cummins’ Blood-Swept Lands and Seas of Red artwork along with the caption ‘I’ve got one for you’, has insisted the post was a joke.
But her bosses at the historic palace are said to have sacked the 30-year-old and launched an investigation into any thefts or illegal sales of the ceramic poppies, which were bought for £25 by members of the public in support of charity.
‘Our inquiries are underway,’ a spokesman for Historic Royal Parks told the Sun.
Ms Maxwell, who has since removed the post, has been criticised on social media for the photo – despite claiming she had not stolen any of the 888,246 poppies used to represent British and Commonwealth soldiers lost in WWI.
Earlier this week, Derbyshire artist Paul Cummins revealed that thieves had tried to break into vans transporting the poppies.
‘I am not happy,’ he said.
‘It is disrespectful to the people who bought them and made them and to the people they represent.’
People have also been forced to remove eBay listings for the poppies, which were being flogged at more than double the £25 price.