|The great New Mills poppies overstock, discovered in New Mills town hall in January 2014|
Jeffrey Peter Lawton, a collector and local organiser for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, has been arrested in connection with around £3,000 missing from the collections he was making on behalf of the military veterans.
HPT understands he has been bailed to Derby Crown Court.
Mr Lawton's name has recently suddenly disappeared from High Peak Conservatives Association website, where he was Chairman of the Association.
Prominent for many years in local charity cash collections, he was recently named and shamed in New Mills Carnival's financial accounts for failing to pay over £2,000 in collections money etc that they claim was due to them.
Mr Lawton put himself forward as Conservative Party candidate in the 2015 New Mills local elections, and organised the party's candidates and campaign in the town.
Mr Lawton was the formal proposer to the Electoral Returning Officer for fellow Conservative Party election nominees John Ferns, Kath Garside, Josh Gaskell and Alistair Stevens.
The significance of Crown Court rather than magistrates court is that only the Crown Court can impose significant custodial sentences, where particular crimes warrant it.