MYSTERY still surrounds four stolen poppies as this year's tributes to the armed forces pop up across the town.

Since November 2013 towering red, black and green flowers have been installed all over Bracknell ahead of Remembrance Sunday.

As they were being cleared away on November 22, 2016, council staff realised four six-foot tall blooms were missing.

At the time Councillor Dorothy Hayes MBE described the theft as "utterly shameful", dubbing it "a crime against the Bracknell Forest community."

Despite Cllr Hayes' strong words, a police appeal and the work of council staff pouring over CCTV footage, a year later only one stolen poppy stem had been recovered - which police undertook forensic tests on, to no avail.

Now a full fields-worth has been planted ahead of Remembrance Sunday parades across the town.

On Sunday a march from the Princess Square War Memorial to the Holy Trinity Church will be led by the Royal British Legion from 10.45am.

After political and community representatives have laid wreaths, prayers offered by Reverend Jim Barlow will be followed by the Last Post.

Sandie Baily, branch secretary, said: "We trust you will join us again this year in solemn tribute to the memory of those who have laid down their lives in the service of their country."

There are also services from 10am at All Saint's in Binfield and St John the Baptists Church in Crowthorne, from 10.15am at All Saint's Church in Ascot, and from 10.45am at Sandhurst Memorial Park, St Michael the Archangel in Warfield and St Mary's Church in Winkfield.

For the early starters, St Michael's and St Mary Magdalene Church in Bracknell will hold a service from 9.30am.