'Dregs of society' - Councillor slams thieves who stole Rubery's Covid memorial plaque - The Bromsgrove Standard

'Dregs of society' - Councillor slams thieves who stole Rubery's Covid memorial plaque

Bromsgrove Editorial 20th Mar, 2023 Updated: 23rd Mar, 2023   0

HEARTLESS thieves have stolen the Covid memorial plaque from Rubery’s St Chad’s Park.

Hagley and Rubery Police Safer Neighbourhood Team have confirmed they are studying CCTV pictures of the area but the plaque could have been stolen anytime during the past week.

The plaque was installed in the park in December by Bromsgrove District Council to remember all those who died during the Covid pandemic. It was also installed to highlight the hard work and dedication of NHS staff and other key workers who risked their lives on the frontline on a daily basis.

Coun Peter McDonald, who represents Rubery on the district council, contacted the Standard about the theft.

He said: “It’s hard to believe anyone would remove this memorial plaque – those guilty of this deplorable act are the worst type of person or people.

“They are the dregs of society.

“I have asked the Chief Executive of Bromsgrove Council to replace the plaque with a new one.”

A Bromsgrove District Council spokesperson said: “We were made aware that the plaque had been removed at the end of last week.

“Our team have since been out to assess the area and are currently investigating what adjustments can be made to avoid this happening again in the future.

“Once this is done, the team will look to order and fit a new plaque.”

Witnesses or anyone with information on the plaque’s removal should call PC Matthew Dunton from Hagley and Rubery SNT on 101, quoting crime reference: 22/26711/23

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