Man who urinated on war memorial makes amends by selling poppies

1 November 2013  A DRUNK who was slammed as “despicable” for urinating on a war memorial is now selling poppies for the Royal British Legion.
Daniel Orrell, 24, wants to make amends after he admitted outraging public decency at Bolton Magistrates’ Court.
“I was worried about my family — I just felt like I’d let everyone down,” he said.
“This was the worst decision I have ever made and I completely get why people feel the way they do. “The memorial represents the people who sacrificed themselves for others and it’s been a really big learning curve for me.
“I’ve got to take responsibility and learn from this, learn to know my limits.”
Police on foot patrol in Bolton town centre found Orrell at just after 1am on 27 July, close to the memorial in Nelson Square.
Officers could see his trousers were undone and a “large volume of urine running down the stone wall” of the memorial.
Mr Orrell says he is determined to put right what he did wrong and will today (Fri 1 Nov) be joining Legion members when they hold a collection in Asda at Burnden, Bolton.
Mr Orrell, from Farnworth, said: “So many emotions ran through my head when I saw The Bolton News and my face on the front of it in my local shop.
He has not been out into Bolton town centre since the incident.
In a bid to make amends he contacted the Bolton branch of the Royal British Legion and volunteered to help out as part of the Poppy Appeal, which supports members of the Armed Forces and their families.
Mr Orrell said: “I was talking with my dad about what I could do and when we thought of working with the legion it made complete sense.
“I’m not saying it will make up for what I have done, but hopefully it’s a start and I will be able to do more things in the future.”
And his willingness to atone for his error has been welcomed by members of the Royal British Legion in Bolton.
Chairman Glynnis Knapman said: “This is a very positive move and it shows that Daniel knows that what he did was wrong. Maybe he didn’t realise what he was doing at the time.
“It is brave to put himself back out there.”
Police heard about his idea on Twitter and have helped to organise the initiative.
PC Carol Winrow, of Farnworth police, said: “We are keen to promote the idea of restorative justice and, when we saw the negative reaction that Daniel was getting on Twitter, we thought this would be a good idea — but he had already contacted the Royal British Legion himself, so we helped to facilitate the day.”