Parents disgusted by memorial theft
- Published 18/05/12 8:00 am
The metal plaque - part of the River of Life memorial for the victims of the IRA bombing in Warrington in 1993 - was taken from a wall in Bridge Street sometime between April 20 and May 5.
It was unveiled by the Duchess of Kent when she opened the memorial as a symbol of continuing life.
Colin and Wendy Parry, who lost their 12-year-old son Tim alongside three-year-old Johnathan Ball following the Bridge Street bombing, hit out at the theft saying: "We are disgusted by such an act which defiles a very important memorial to all those injured and killed, for the sake of a few pounds."
Police are now appealing for the return of the memorial.
PC Graham Davies, of Warrington Town Centre Neighbourhood Policing Unit, said: "We do not know exactly when the plaque was taken but would appeal to anyone who has any information in relation to the theft to come forward.
"This plaque forms part of a memorial and is of great significance to the town. It is upsetting for people to see that the plaque has been taken.
"We would urge anyone who knows the identity of the thief - or the whereabouts of the plaque - to contact us immediately.
"We would also appeal to anyone who may have been offered the plaque for sale to get in touch."
Warrington South MP David Mowat said: "I am shocked and repulsed by how low these mindless vandals have stooped. The River of Life project commemorates a horrific attach which cost the lives of two your boys.
"As a piece of metal, it can't have been worth more than about £30, but as a permanent memorial to a tragedy it was an important part of our town's heritage. If anyone has any information about this plaque, I would urged them to contact the police so that whoever is responsible can face the full force of the law."
Anyone with any information in relation to the theft is urged to call Cheshire Police on 101.