Brake Berates Brass Burglars

November 10, 2011 4:39 PM

Last week, crime-fighting charity 'Crimestoppers' offered a reward of up to £3,000 for crucial information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of brass from a war memorial in Carshalton. Fourteen plaques, which feature the names of 240 people from the local area who were killed in battle, were stolen from the war memorial at Honeywood Lodge Heritage Centre on 28 September 2011.

Tom Brake, local MP for Carshalton and Wallington, who lobbied Crimestoppers directly on the subject, said of the incident: "the actions of the individuals responsible are truly despicable. I would like to re-iterate the importance of the initiative to recover the plaques, and pledge my full support to Crimestoppers in their tireless effort to catch these criminals.

"Not only is this theft of public property, these criminal actions are a sign of a lack of respect for those who died for our country."

The recovery of the plaques is especially important given the proximity to Remembrance Day; a particularly poignant time of year for those who pay their respects to the servicemen and women who have perished in their service to Britain. Sutton Council has commissioned for the plaques to be replaced, but of course the return of the originals is preferable, given their position at the centre of Carshalton for over half a century.

Dave Cording, Crimestoppers' Deputy Chief Executive, said: "As Remembrance Day approaches this incident has far more significance as it shows an utter lack of respect for what is, for some, a very sensitive time of year.

"This incident is reflective of a wider problem as metal theft is a crime which is happening all over the country."

Anyone with information are urged to contact Crimestoppers as soon as possible; they can do so anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org. As well as offering £3000 for information leading to the conviction of the perpetrators in this case, the charity Crimestoppers also pays cash rewards of up to £1,000 if the information given to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 leads to one or more people being arrested and charged with metal theft in general.

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