Willaston war memorial plaque replaced after theft
- 11 November 2012
- From the section Liverpool
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.