Brass plaques stolen from Wellington Cemetery in Shropshire

The 6ins (15cm) by 4ins (10cm) plaques were on a wall at Wellington Cemetery as a memorial to ashes buried there. The plaques were on a wall at Wellington Cemetery

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About 100 brass plaques have been stolen from a remembrance garden in Shropshire.

The 6in (15cm) by 4in (10cm) plaques were on a wall at Wellington Cemetery.

They bore personalised messages from bereaved relatives to their deceased loved ones. Many had been in place since the 1970s and 1980s.

The theft was reported to Telford & Wrekin Council on Friday. West Mercia Police have been informed.

'Irreplaceable'

Two plaques dedicated to Tony Hadley's uncle are missing.

"It's devastating, absolutely devastating," he said.

Telford and Wrekin Council's customer services manager Andrew Meredith said the plaques were irreplaceable.

He said: "It is a reprehensible theft that will be very upsetting for everyone affected and shows a blatant disregard for the comfort and sentimental attachment that a bereaved relative will have for their loved one's plaque."

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