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Second arrest over IRA Warrington bomb memorial theft

Johnathan Ball, left, and Tim Parry
Image caption The boys were killed when two bombs exploded in 1993

Another 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 was taken from Bridge Street in the town some time between 20 April and 5 May.

Cheshire Police said a 28-year-old man from Newton-le-Willows had been bailed until 5 July.

A 57-year-old man from Penketh was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of theft.

He was bailed, also until 5 July, pending further investigations.

The plaque, which formed part of the River of Life memorial, was recovered in its original state at the time of the arrest of the 57-year-old man, police said.

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: "Recovering the stolen plaque and its impending repatriation to the place it belongs will help reassure our local community and those who lost loved ones during the tragic events of March 1993."

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