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Teenage boys admit to stealing Bexleyheath war memorial plaques

PUBLISHED: 12:14 05 November 2010

Bexleyheath War Memorial

Bexleyheath War Memorial

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Two 17-year-old boys have pleaded guilty to stealing three brass plaques from a war memorial bearing the names of soldiers, sailors and airmen who died in both World Wars.

Bexleyheath War Memorial

The pair, who cannot be named because of their age, appeared at Bexley Magistrates Court on Wednesday, both charged with stealing three brass memorial plaques, worth over a total of £4,000 and belonging to Bexley council, from the memorial in Oaklands Road, Bexleyheath.

This comes three weeks after five bronze plaques were discovered missing from the same memorial on October 13.

Despite the vandalism, the memorial is still due to host a Remembrance Service at 11am on Sunday November 14, which will be led by Mayor of Bexley, Val Clark.

After being charged on Tuesday (2) afternoon the two 17-year-olds were kept in custody before appearing at Bexley Magistrates yesterday (Wednesday) for a bail hearing.

Bexleyheath War Memorial

The first teenager was remanded in custody whilst the second was granted bail. The pair are due to appear at Camberwell Magistrates Court on Thursday, November 25, after pre-sentencing reports have been prepared.

A spokesperson for the council said workers are trying to replace the stolen plaques with bronze-coloured granite to prevent the plaques being targeted by thieves in the future, but have said they are not sure if this will be in time for the services.

Mayor Clark will also attend a festival of Remembrance at the Territorial Army Centre in Watling Street. Soldiers from the Territorial Army Unit 265 (Kent & County of London Yeomanry), joined by the mayoral party, will march from their base to the war memorial and back again after the service has finished.

She will also lay a wreath at the war memorial in Waterside Gardens, Crayford, at 11am, next Thursday, November 11. Bexleyheath and Crayford MP David Evennett is due to attend a special service at St Paulinus Church, Crayford, while Old Bexley and Sidcup MP James Brokenshire is due to lay a wreath at The Green in Sidcup.


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