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.