May 26, 2011
for extra police patrols as second wartime plaque is stolen
residents in Highbridge have called on police to step up patrols
after discovering that a SECOND plaque has been stolen from a
public garden in the town.
was first to
report earlier this week that a bronze plaque dedicated to
wartime hero Frank Foley had been removed from Southwell Gardens.
angry members of Highbridge's Frank Foley Committee have found
that a second bronze plaque dedicated to American soldiers who
served in Burnham and Highbridge in the second World War has been
committee's Pam Lyes told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It's so upsetting
think that someone is targeting these gardens."
is incredibly sad to see Highbridge's heritage being stolen like
this. These plaques are irreplaceable."
have no idea when this second theft occurred - but can only assume
that they are being taken for their scrap metal value which is
just so ruthless."
has contacted Burnham Police and wants security to be stepped
up. "We would like to see more patrols of these gardens -
it makes you nervous to think someone is doing this."
second plaque - which had been place since the 1970s - was dedicated
to American soldiers responsible for the operation of a large
petrol depot located in our area.
fuel played a major role in the invasion of the French coast on
6th June 1944 and in support of Allied advances on the continent.
with information about the thefts should contact Burnham Police
via 0845 456 7000 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800
(top) Pam Lyes and Shirley Adams from the Frank Foley Committee,
and (above) Highbridge's Southwell Gardens