Man held over IRA victim plaque theft
A man has been arrested over the theft of a memorial to two children killed by an IRA bomb in Warrington, police have confirmed.
Saturday, 09 June 2012
A plaque that formed part of the River of Life, a memorial for victims of the 1993 blast, was taken from a wall in Bridge Street in the English town in a suspected metal theft sometime between 20 April and 5 May.
Three-year-old Johnathan Ball and 12-year-old Tim Parry were both killed by two small bombs placed in litter bins on the street, while over 50 others were injured.
Cheshire Police said officers arrested a 57-year-old man from the Penketh area of the town on suspicion of theft.
The plaque was recovered in its original state at the time of the arrest.
Following interview by detectives, the arrested man was granted police bail until 5 July, pending further investigation.
Chief Superintendent Richard Strachan said that the investigation is "progressing successfully," before thanking the Warrington community for its assistance.
The children were killed when two bombs exploded within a minute of each other on 20 March 1993, one outside a Boots and another outside a McDonald's in an area crowded with shoppers.
Johnathan died at the scene, while Tim was gravely wounded. He died on March 25 1993 when doctors switched off his life support machine.
Last month, a man was jailed for 18 weeks for attempting to steal a metal plaque which formed part of the same memorial. This related to a separate incident of theft.