Just had a letter from the Crematorium where my folks are remembered. It seems that the lure of easy money and the increased value of scrap bronze (for the copper), has resulted in the theft of hundreds of memorial plaques.
The Council concerned are working on a possible alternative to bronze for the future, I hope it's not plastic.
A Friend and others living in a McCarthy ans Stone complex watched as individual stripped lead from the entrance foyer one evening- as bold as brass. Needless to say by the time the police roused themselves he was long gone.
It's a pity the Courts are not more robust in sentencing criminals to be detained. Most know they will just get a community sentence which is easy to do. May be rip up the European Human Rights Act & bring back the birch!
Used to be said "if it weren't screwed down they'd steal it" Now,its stolen even if it is screwed down,weighs a few tons,etc all because its worth a pittance or is a handy tool to use for ripping out an ATM.
if someone checked the scrapmetal dealers registers kept at each scrap yard by law. i,m sure the items will turn up and might lead to the suspects.you need to remind the police of the scarp metal dealers act 1964