THREE further men have been arrested by detectives in connection with the theft of the River Of Life plaque in Warrington.
The three men, two aged 27 from the Warrington area and a third man aged 28 from Newton Le Willows, were arrested after CCTV images captured at the scene of the crime were released by Cheshire Police over the weekend.
The images were released following the arrest of a 57 year old man from Penketh in Warrington yesterday morning on suspicion of theft of the plaque. He has been granted police bail until July 5.
The plaque was recovered in its original state at the time of the arrest of the 57 year old.
Following interview by detectives, the 28 year old has been granted police bail until July 5 pending consideration of a suitable resolution when community representatives and Warrington Borough Council have been consulted.
The other men were released without charge after passing their account of events to officers.
Richard Strachan, Chief Superintendent for Warrington and Halton, said "I would like to thank the public, our colleagues at Warrington Borough Council and the Press for their assistance in helping to solve this very emotive and mindless crime. We are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident and this case demonstrates that my officers and staff will relentlessly pursue anyone who involves themselves in mindless acts of damage and selfish criminality. Recovering the stolen plaque and its impending repatriation to the place it belongs will help reassure our local community and those who lost loved ones during the tragic events of March 1993."
The plaque was erected in memory of those killed and injured during the 1993 IRA bomb attack on Bridge Street, Warrington, which claimed the lives of three-year-old Johnathan Ball and 12-year-old Tim Parry.