Memorial theft

Theft of memorials, particularly bronze plaques and statues, is an increasing problem.  The Public Monuments and Sculpture Association estimates theft of public art (of which a large proportion are war memorials) rose by 500% in 2006.  While this still affects a relatively small number of total memorials, each theft represents a potentially irreplaceable loss for a community.  

Many are never found, but there are things that can be done to aid recovery.  A recent example of this was a bronze plaque stolen from a church in Middlesbrough.  After being widely publicised in local and national press, it was discovered two days later by a scrap metal dealer.  A man has now been charged with the theft.

BBC NEWS | Man charged over memorial theft

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