Willaston war memorial plaque replaced after theft

Unveiling of the new plaque The replacement plaque was made in Australia

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A stolen war memorial honouring those who died in battle in a Cheshire village has been replaced after residents raised £16,000.

A copper panel listing men who died in World Wars I and II was taken from Christ Church, Willaston, in July 2011.

Michael Coyle, 41, from Little Neston, was jailed for nine weeks after trying to sell the plaque to a firm of scrap metal traders in Ellesmere Port.

The new memorial was paid for by donations and fund-raising.

Schoolchildren who made temporary plaques last year officially unveiled the replacement memorial which was made in Australia.

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