May 24, 2011
utter disgrace' - Highbridge's Frank Foley war plaque is stolen
bronze plaque laid in honour of Highbridge's wartime hero Frank
Foley has been stolen from a memorial statue in the town, angering
of Highbridge's Frank Foley Committee say the theft of the plaque
- which is pictured on the right in Southwell Gardens - is an
committee's Pam Lyes told Burnham-On-Sea.com she was shocked to
discover a space on the wall where the plaque was attached.
said: "I'm very, very upset that such an important plaque
for Highbridge has been stolen."
an utter disgrace that someone would do this."
just hope that whoever is responsible has a conscience and that
they will hand it in."
just hope that the plaque hasn't gone to a scrap metal yard and
been sold on or melted down."
plaque was unveiled in May 2000 and has been at the centre of
Highbridge's annual Remembrance Day and Holocaust Day ceremonies
for the last decade.
Highbridge-born Frank Foley was employed as a Passport Control
Officer in Berlin from 1920 until 1939. In his role, he was able
to help hundreds of Jews escape from Nazi Germany before the outbreak
of World War Two.
had no diplomatic immunity and put himself at great risk by helping
to save the lives of 10,000 Jews.
plaque stated: "In honour of Major Frank Foley. The spy who
saved the lives of 10,000 Jews from the Holocaust. Born at 7 Walrow
Terrace, Highbridge." It also gave his birth and death dates.
Town and district councillor Neville Jones told Burnham-On-Sea.com
he is saddened by the news.
"This is a disgraceful act and an insult to a man who put
his life on the line to rescue so many people," he said.
Police have started an investigation into the theft and anyone
with information is asked to contact Burnham Police via 0845 456
7000 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
(top) Pam Lyes and Shirley Adams from the Frank Foley Committee,
and (above) how the plaque looked last year