Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Plaque stolen from Denaby war memorial

War memorial
Image caption It is thought the stolen plaque will cost thousands of pounds to replace

Police are investigating the theft of a plaque from a war memorial in South Yorkshire.

The bronze plaque, in Denaby near Conisbrough, was engraved with the names of local soldiers who fought in Word War I and World War II.

It is estimated it will cost thousands of pounds to replace.

An application is being made to the War Memorials Trust to fund another plaque but it is unlikely to be ready for this year's service of remembrance.

Police have issued an appeal for information about the theft, which was reported on 15 October.

President of the British Legion in Conisbrough and Denaby, Gary Toesland, said he was "appalled" by what had happened.

'Disgraceful' act

"My uncle's name is on one of those plaques," he added.

"I'm going to have to go down there and see if it's the one that's been stolen."

He hopes the thieves will return the plaque but fears it will not be back in time for the Armistice Day service on 11 November.

Mayor of Doncaster, Peter Davies, said: "This is a disgraceful act of vandalism and I hope the people responsible realise the pain they have caused to the families of these soldiers and all Doncaster residents.

"I am disgusted at the lack of respect shown by these opportunistic thieves who don't realise or appreciate the sacrifice made by those brave servicemen who fought for their country."

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