Man arrested over IRA Warrington bomb memorial theft

Warrington memorial plaque theft CCTV
Image caption Police have released CCTV pictures of three men they want to trace

A man has been arrested in connection with the theft of a memorial to two boys killed by an IRA bomb in Warrington in 1993.

The metal plaque, which formed part of the River of Life memorial, was taken from Bridge Street in the town some time between 20 April and 5 May.

Cheshire Police said they had arrested a 57-year-old man from the Penketh area on suspicion of theft.

They have also released CCTV pictures of three men they want to trace.

Police said the A3-size plaque was recovered in its original state at the time of the arrest.

Tim Parry, 12, and Johnathan Ball, three, died when two bombs were detonated in Warrington town centre on 20 March 1993. Fifty-four people were injured.

Ch Supt Richard Strachan said: "This investigation is progressing successfully and I would like to thank the communities of Warrington for their assistance, and acknowledge the continued support from Warrington Borough Council, particularly the work of town centre CCTV operatives in advancing our inquiries.

"I would urge anyone who recognises the men captured in these CCTV images to contact us as soon as possible."

The arrested man has been bailed until 5 July pending further investigation.

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