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War plaques 'stolen for bronze'

World war memorial plaques stolen

Bronze memorials to British soldiers killed in the world wars have been stolen in north London by thieves thought to have sold them for scrap.

The plaques, which also list civilians killed in the Blitz, were taken from a memorial in Broomfield Park, Enfield.

Ex-servicemen said the theft on 14 August was "quite disgraceful" and amounted to "stealing our past".

It comes after the 204th British serviceman died in Afghanistan. Some 179 UK troops have now died in Iraq.

Father Jim Kennedy, a priest who runs a veteran's association in north London, said: "I think it is quite disgraceful.

"Clearly whoever did it does not understand how much they owe people who died in the first and second world wars.

"Without them the freedom to speak and practise religion freely would not exist."

Brendan Farrell, a member of the Royal British Legion, added: "These people fought for our freedom and they [the criminals] are taking it away without realising it.

"They are stealing our past."

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Enfield police are appealing for witnesses and information following the theft of war memorial plaques.

"The theft happened in the memorial garden in Broomfield Park, Aldermans Hill.

"Police were notified of the theft just before noon on Friday."

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