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Friday, December 21, 2012

British lout burns Remembrance poppy

Linford House

Nineteen year old Linford House burnt a poppy on Remembrance Day, November 11, and posted the picture on Facebook.

But instead of prosecution, it was decided that he meet some of the people he had mocked - an ex naval marine, a sergeant major, members of the Royal British Legion any Army window, Nikki Scott whose husband died in Afghanistan.  The meeting took place yesterday.

Just hours after his burnt poppy picture went online, English Defence League members tracked him down and released his real name and personal details and he had to move out of his home in Aylesham, Kent. They also released the naked pictures of himself he posted on social media sites.

The irony is that House has a proud heritage.  His grandfather, a merchant navy seaman, was awarded a workers' VC for diving into icy water to save a sailor near the coast of Newfoundland in 1954.

Speaking at the face-to-face meeting yesterday House said "I think about it every day and it's always in the back of my mind.  I've lost friends over what happened, but I didn't want to hide away, I wanted to make things right as much as possible."

Widow Nikki Scott, who was disgusted by the image, said "It was good to see Mr House talk to us and apologise and hopefully he will be able to go some way to making up for some of the offence he caused.