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A fundraising campaign has been launched to replace the war memorial plaques that were stolen from St Boniface Church in Bunbury.

War memorial plaques which lay on the West Gates at the village’s church were stolen earlier this month, between 5pm September 15 and midday 16, 2017 in what Cheshire Police have described as  “a despicable offence.”

The four brass metal plates had names of war dead listed on them.

Local man Christopher Jones set up a JustGiving page to have them replaced at the Church – built in 1135 and underwent a restoration in the 1800’s.

He said, “Many of us in Bunbury and surrounding villages gather every November to remember the sacrifices of our armed forces, sacrifices that mean we can live in freedom today.

“Sadly, St Boniface‘s memorial plaques were recently stolen in a callous act of theft. So that something good can come from this, please give whatever you can to help restore the names of the fallen before Remembrance Sunday.”

At the time of writing, the page, which can be accessed here, had reached £955 of the £2,000 target.

Cheshire Police Inspector Penny Jones said, “This is a despicable offence and I would appeal to anyone with any information in relation to the incident to contact us on 101. I would also appeal directly to the offenders and ask them to search their conscience and return the plaques.

“The war memorial represents those from the local area who have given their lives fighting in wars to protect us.

“Many local residents will have brothers, sisters, uncles, aunties, mothers, fathers or grandfathers who were killed in action in wars spanning decades and will be deeply saddened by this selfish and mindless act.”

Anyone with information regarding the thefts should quote incident number 698 of 17 September when contacting Cheshire Police, or Crimestoppers anonymously.

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