Councillor slams war memorial thieves

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Stolen bronze plaques replaced on Wednesfield War Memorial

A COUNCILLOR has accused thieves of having ‘no respect’ for those who gave their lives defending the country after two stolen bronze plaques commemorating the war dead were replaced. 

Two bronze plaques on Wednesfield War Memorial commemorating the 174 names of people from Wednesfield who died in the First and Second World Wars were stolen by thieves in May.

But they have now been replaced with new bronze plaques which were installed this week thanks to funding from West Midlands Police, the War Memorials Trust and Wolverhampton City Council.

Councillor Elias Mattu, Wolverhampton City Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Communities, accused the thieves of not having a conscience.

“The restoration of the Wednesfield War Memorial is great news for the local community and it is very fitting that it has been completed in time for this year’s Remembrance Sunday commemorations,” he said.

“The people who vandalised the memorial earlier this year clearly have no conscience and no respect for the men and women who have given their lives to help make our world a better place.

“The thefts rightly caused great outrage among veterans and local residents and I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the memorial’s restoration which will enable the people of Wednesfield to pay tribute, once again, to those who laid down their lives for their country.”

The new plaques have been embedded in the granite memorial which stands in the Garden of Remembrance on Church Street.

They record the names of 112 people who fell during the First World War and 62 people who laid down their lives in the Second World War.

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