thieves steal historical plaques from across Highbridge
metal thieves have struck again in Highbridge, stealing three
Three of the distinctive, oval-shaped blue plaques like the one
pictured here have been removed from walls across the town, angering
The metal plaques have been taken from three locations - Southwell
House, the old Radio Station Building in Worston Road, and the
porch of The Cooper's Inn in Market Street.
Highbridge War Memorial Trust's Joyce Beard told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"After an event in Southwell House following the Holocaust
Day Service besides the Frank Foley statue, the Chairman of the
Trust, Joyce Curtis, and I spotted that the blue heritage plaque
was missing from the outside wall of the house."
"We do not know when this could have been removed. It had
been screwed on with protective blue caps and I am sure it was
still there when the bronze memorial plaques for the Americans
and Frank Foley were taken last year."
oval-shaped blue heritage plaque is one of twenty that form the
Heritage Trail in Highbridge."
"There are two others missing - one that was put on the
old Radio Station Building in Worston Road and one that was put
in the porch of The Cooper's Inn by the railway station in Market
"If anyone knows of the whereabouts of these missing plaques
we would be pleased to hear about it."
Burnham police are investigating whether the plaques have been
stolen for their scrap metal value. Anyone with information should
contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or by dialling 101.
Last year, two metal war memorials were stolen in Highbridge,
one recognising war hero Frank Foley and the other for the American
troops who visited the area.