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Memorial plaque to victims of IRA bombing in Warrington is back on Bridge Street
11:10am Friday 27th July 2012 in News
A PLAQUE put up to mark the Warrington bombings has been returned to the River of Life memorial on Bridge Street.
The plaque, which was damaged and stolen earlier in the year, has been recovered and returned.
It forms part of the River of Life which remembers the victims of the IRA bombings in 1993.
As reported previously in the Warrington Guardian, the two men responsible the damage and theft were dealt with through the police’s restorative justice scheme.
Clr Mike Hannon, deputy leader of the council, said “CCTV played a critical role in identifying the two men responsible and a heartfelt thank you goes to those staff who spent a considerable amount of time studying hours of footage.
“At the time of the theft, we received an overwhelming number of offers of support and donations from individuals and business and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them all for their generosity and kindness.”
Clr Terry O’Neill, leader of the council, said: “The River of Life is such an important part of our heritage and we are delighted that the plaque has been returned to us. Warrington was shocked and disappointed when this happened and we believe that the restorative justice conference and the plaque being retuned to Bridge Street is the best outcome for everyone involved.”
Chief Superintendent Richard Strachan added: “It is really pleasing to see the River of Life plaque back on Bridge Street.
“Those responsible for taking the plaque have been through the restorative justice process, have been held to account for their actions and are now engaged in work to compensate the community.
“I hope this sends a strong message to anyone who thinks it is acceptable to damage or steal items that are an important part of our heritage that this sort of behaviour is not acceptable and positive action will be taken.”