A 57-year-old Penketh man has been arrested in connection with the theft of a memorial plaque commemorating the lives of two boys killed in the Warrington bombing almost 20 years ago – and the memorial has been recovered intact. CCTV images have also been released of other people police would like to quiz over the incident.
Cheshire Police launched a widespread appeal for information after the plaque was stolen from a wall in Bridge Street sometime between 20 April and 5 May. It forms part of the River of Life – a memorial for victims of the Warrington bombing in 1993 including three-year-old Johnathan Ball and 12-year-old Tim Parry. It was unveiled by the Duchess of Kent when she opened the memorial as a symbol of continuing life.
This morning, (Saturday June 9), officers arrested a 57 year old man from the Penketh area of Warrington on suspicion of theft. Following interview by detectives, the man was granted police bail until July 5 pending further investigation. At the time of the mans arrest, the memorial plaque was recovered in its original state.
The theft, which was first reported on warrington-worldwide, attracted widespread condemnation and a reward was put up for the return of the plaque.
As part of this continued investigation, detectives have also now released CCTV of further suspects police wish to trace.
Richard Strachan, Chief Superintendent for Warrington and Halton, said “This investigation is progressing successfully and I would like to thank the communities of Warrington for their assistance, and acknowledge the continued support from Warrington Borough Council, particularly the work of town centre CCTV operatives in advancing our enquiries. I would urge anyone who recognises the men captured in these CCTV images to contact us as soon as possible”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Warrington CID on 101.
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