Thieves steal plaques from Sidcup war memorial

PUBLISHED: 17:45 07 October 2011

The war memorial in Sidcup Place

The war memorial in Sidcup Place

Thieves have stolen two large plaques from a war memorial in Sidcup one month before Remembrance Sunday commemorations were due to be held at the site.

The attack was discovered in Sidcup Place, on Monday when council staff carried out a routine check in preparation for the service on Sunday November 13.

The plaques are solid brass and one of them bears the names of soldiers, sailors and airmen from Sidcup who lost their lives in both World Wars.

The second plaque bears an inscription dedication to them.

Safer Neighbourhoods Chief Inspector Ian Broadbridge said: “I was disgusted to learn of this despicable crime and my officers are working hard to identify the thieves.

“Sidcup Place is at a busy junction with blocks of flats that overlook the memorial.

“It is possible a resident or passer-by saw someone ‘working’ on the plaques.

“Even if they did look like bona fide workmen I would like you to call police and tell us what you saw.”

It is believed the plaques were stolen sometime in the week before October 3.

If you have any information about the theft call Sidcup Safer Neighbourhoods Policing Team on 020 8721 2576 or to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, just tell them what you know not who you are.

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