Man admits stealing World War I memorial plaque

A man has admitted stealing a World War I memorial plaque which belonged to a church.

Paul Kelly, 42, of Lewisham, south east London, pleaded guilty to the offence at Greenwich Magistrates' Court.

Lana Clitheroe, 42, of Dundalk Road, Brockley, south east London, entered a guilty plea on a previous date.

They are due to appear at Bromley Magistrates' Court on 17 January for sentencing.

The theft, from St Mary's Church, Lewisham High Street, took place on 19 October. The plaque was of unknown value.

Police said the historical and emotional value of the plaque to relatives and friends of the fallen was incalculable. The court heard it had still not been recovered.

Kelly, of Spring Gardens, Arlington Close, Ennerdale Road, told the court he was changing his plea due to the fact of "finding it, not taking it from the wall".

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