Tuesday, 19 April 2011

News - War memorial plaque stolen from Mansfield park

A World War One memorial plaque has been stolen from a Nottinghamshire park.

The inscribed metal plaque, dedicated to local people who died in the First World War, was taken from Carr Bank Park, Mansfield.

Police said it was stolen some time between 1930 BST on Monday and 0745 BST on Tuesday.

The plaque has been in place since the memorial - which is now a listed structure - was unveiled in 1921.

Tim Downes, parks and open spaces manager at Mansfield District Council, said: "Any crime aimed at public property is sad but a theft from a war memorial is especially deplorable and sickening.

"The memorial pays homage to local people who gave their lives for our country in the First World War.

"Whoever has committed this act has shown utter contempt for their sacrifice and we would appeal to the conscience of anyone involved or anyone who comes across the plaque to inform the police immediately."

Nottinghamshire Police has appealed for anyone with any information to contact them.

This is the third one to be attacked in the last year - I'd suggest everyone should keep an eagle eye on our precious war memorials and report anything suspicious immediatly to the police.

Other thefts include:
Barr Beacon, West Midlands March 2010

Broughton, Shropshire April 2011

Denaby Main, South Yorkshire 2010

Carlton-in-Lindrick, Nottinghamshire 2011

London, Palmers Green August 2009

Manchester, Philips Park, November 2010 – caught but judge gave community sentence!

Mansfield, Nottinghamshire April 2011

Newburn, Tyne & Wear, ?

Nuneaton, Warwickshire 2006

Plymouth Hoe, Devon July 2008

River, Kent April 2011

Stocksfield, Northumberland ?

Tayport, Fife October 2010

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