Man charged over theft of brass memorial plaques from Sutton’s St James’ Church

| October 7, 2010

A MAN has been charged with handling stolen goods following the theft of memorial plaques from a church in Sutton.

As previously reported in the Mail, a total of 151 brass plaques have gone missing from St James Church since June.

Officers later recovered 75 brass memorials taken from the outside wall of the church from a back garden in Hull.

Three men were arrested in connection with the crime, and one man has now been charged with handling stolen goods.

A spokesman for Humberside Police said: "A 47-year-old Hull man has been arrested and charged with ten counts of handling stolen goods as part of an investigation into the theft of church plaques last month.

"His charges relate to the theft of 75 metal plaques from St James Church, Church Street, Hull, between 5pm on Thursday, September 9 and midday on Friday, September 10."

The man has been released on bail and will appear at Hull Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Following the recovery of the plaques, officers from the East neighbourhood policing team held a surgery to reunite families with memorials belonging to their loved ones.

A total of 30 plaques were matched with their owners, leaving 45 outstanding.

Sergeant Mark Peasgood put out a further plea for families who may have lost plaques to get in touch.

"We have matched up dozens of plaques with families," he said.

"But several have yet to be claimed, so I would appeal to families to contact us."

A total of 76 plaques have yet to be recovered by police.

The theft of the plaques caused outrage in the community.

Anyone with information about the remaining plaques, or families who wish to trace a memorial plaque, can contact Humberside Police on 0845 6060222, quoting crime reference number 1782469.

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