‘Despicable Act’  metal theft from Grade II listed War Memorial

Police are appealing for witnesses and information after six engraved brass plaques were stolen from the Hardwick War Memorial in Clumber Park. It’s believed the plaques, which contained the names of those who lost their lives during the war, were stolen between Wednesday 2 May 2018 and Friday 4 May 2018.

A Nottinghamshire Police spokesperson said: "This is a despicable offence and we'd appeal to anyone with any information to call us on 101. "We'd also appeal directly to the offenders and ask them to search their conscience and return the plaques.

"Local residents will have relatives who were killed in action and will be deeply saddened by this selfish and mindless act."  The Grade II listed War Memorial in Hardwick Village pays tribute to Clumber Park’s fallen war heroes, 18 local men who either worked or lived on the estate and who lost their lives in times of conflict during the First and Second World Wars.

Beth Dawson, General Manager at Clumber Park, said, "The latest incident of theft at Clumber Park is particularly despicable given the nature of the target. These plaques commemorate the men who gave their lives for our country and they’ve been taken without a thought for what and who they represent.

"The plaques are estimated to be around 100-years-old and were funded by the 7th Duke of Newcastle. The theft has upset everyone at the Clumber Park very much, and we urge anyone with information to come forward. We are simply devastated that Clumber Park has again become a target after incidents earlier in the year."

Anyone with any information about the theft of the plaques is asked to contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 671 of 4 May 2018 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Incident Number: 000671-04052018

Said Trace-in-Metal MD John Minary. "This is an extremely sad example of the depths that morally corrupt people will stoop to for greed. This also illustrates that current legislation and enforcement activity struggle to control metal theft, especially from isolated rural settings. Something has to change. "