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Man jailed for theft of Lewisham church World War I plaque

A man has been jailed for 18 months for stealing a World War I memorial plaque from a south-east London church.

Paul Kelly, 42, of Lewisham, south-east London, pleaded guilty at Bromley Magistrates' Court to taking the plaque from St Mary's Church, Lewisham.

He was sentenced at Inner London Crown Court to two 18 month sentences to be served concurrently.

Earlier this month, Lana Clitheroe, 42, from Brockley, was sentenced to four months for her part in the theft.

The value of the plaque, which was taken on 19 October, was not known.

However, police said the historical and emotional value to relatives and friends of those killed in the war was "incalculable".

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