Well done Tameside council - money well spent in my opinion. Tameside Citizen
Friday, 17 August 2007
Man is charged over grave plaques
A man has appeared in court after more than 400 bronze memorial plaques were stolen from a crematorium. The plaques, which are valued at more than £146,400, were stolen from Dukinfield Crematorium in Tameside in Greater Manchester. Paul William Herrick, 41, of Rydal Walk, Stalybridge, has been accused of theft. He appeared before Tameside magistrates on Thursday and was remanded in custody to reappear on 22 August. Herrick was arrested at his home on August 13 following a spate of thefts between August 10 and 13. A Greater Mancheste Police spokeswoman said: "Police are currently working closely with the crematorium to try to notify as many people as possible. "If anybody finds a plaque of their loved one has been stolen, a book has been placed at the crematorium for people to leave contact details, so police can follow up reports." Tameside council has pledged to replace the memorial plaques at an estimated cost of £150,000.