Monuments targeted by thieves

02 November 2011

by Ed Beavan

AFTER a spate of thefts of metal from war memorials, it appears that thieves are targeting them.

In recent weeks, thieves have stolen the bronze statue of a First World War soldier from a mem­orial in Tidworth, Wiltshire, and metal plaques with the names of 700 men from a memorial in Carshalton, south London.

The War Memorials Trust esti­mates that one monument a week is currently being targeted for its bronze or copper, and it is launching a campaign to protect the monu­ments in the run-up to Remem­brance Sunday.

Katri Link, of Ecclesiastical Insur­ance, said that it was not receiving claims for these thefts, as most of the war memorials were not on church property.

“It does seem to be a relatively new trend of targeting war memor­ials,” she said. “Thieves are looking for new metal sources.”

Brass crucifixes stolen. Thieves have stolen four brass crucifixes, metal collection-plates, and chalices, worth about £50 in total, from St Michael with St Bartholomew’s, Bolton.

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