Ian Fraser signs stolen from New Brighton promenade
Signs marking a stretch of promenade on Merseyside which was named after a local war hero have been stolen.
Part of the seafront at New Brighton was named after Lt Cdr Ian Fraser last year. He died in 2008, aged 88.
He was awarded the Victoria Cross for commanding a submarine in a successful attack on a Japanese warship near Singapore on 31 July 1945.
Mr Fraser's daughter Nickie Mackay said her family were "very disappointed and saddened" by the theft.
She added: "We've been told that they will be replaced along with a citation to commemorate Ian Fraser's heroism.
"We just hope that the signs and plaques will be respected for all to enjoy when walking along the promenade, as we feel it is a great honour to have a walk named after this local hero."
A spokeswoman for Wirral Council confirmed the signs had been reported missing and that new ones had been ordered.
Ian Fraser Walk forms part of Kings Parade, stretching from the bottom of Rowson Street to the roundabout at Coastal Drive in New Brighton.
It was reconstructed as part of the wider regeneration project in the resort.
The original signs were unveiled last October by mayor Councillor Alan Jennings in October 2010.
Mr Fraser, who later became a magistrate in Wirral, was awarded the freedom of the borough in May 1993.