The Royal British Legion has said it is shocked and saddened to hear how a young poppy collector was threatened on the streets.
The teenage Army cadet had abuse shouted at him by a man in a passing car.
A second man was also in the car during the incident, in King Street, Belper, on Saturday.
When an older cadet tried to intervene, he too was threatened before the men drove off.
Les Harrison, who is the Poppy Appeal co-ordinator for Belper Royal British Legion, said: “The cadets were selling poppies when the two guys started shouting abuse at one of the younger ones.”
“They shouted ‘you are going to get shot by the Taliban, they are going to kill you’ which was heard by one of the older cadets who went over to their car.”
“As he did so, the two men threatened him before driving off.”
“The cadets reported what had happened to their commander, who told me, and I called the police who arrived and questioned those involved about what has happened.”
“I think it is just not on. These lads are made of stern stuff, so it hasn’t really affected them at all, but they should not have to get that sort of abuse or those sort of threats when they are collecting for an appeal which helps servicemen, former servicemen and their families.”