9th Dec, 2016

Memorial plaques stolen from Waterside Cemetery are found

Rob George 17th Aug, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

ALL of the brass plaques stolen from the Garden of Remembrance at Evesham’s Waterside cemetery in a heartless raid last month have been found.

A member of the public found the 90 plaques in a bag in a bush, next to his house, at the back of the small car park by the car dealership on Waterside yesterday (Tuesday).

After recognising the plaques from West Mercia Police’s appeal, he called officers to report what he had found.

The plaques have now been handed over to Evesham Town Council who are now planning to return the plaques to their rightful place, although some have been bent and repairs will need to be carried out on the kerbing they are fixed to.

The Observer reported last month on the appeal by the Town Council to track down the plaques which were believed to have been taken between July 13 and July 20.

They were taken from the Garden of Remembrance at the cemetery, a lawned area where ashes of loved ones are placed beneath the turf.

A six inch x four inch plaque is then fixed to the kerbing around the grass by the deceased ones family in their remembrance.

PCSO Becky Wilkes said: “This incident caused a great deal of upset for the families and I am pleased that we have been able to return to plaques to them.

“We are still keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity in the cemetery, or anyone who may have been offered brass for sale.”