Arrest over Blackley Cemetery bronze memorial plaques

The outline of a stolen plaque in Blackley Cemetery
Image caption The plaques were unscrewed from kerbstones by the thief

A man has been arrested over the theft of bronze memorial plaques from a cemetery in Manchester.

The 44-year-old from Blackley is being questioned in custody over the theft of 10 remembrance plaques from Blackley Cemetery on Victoria Avenue.

The plaques, which were screwed to a kerb, were taken between 31 October and 7 November, police said.

Their theft was described by officers as "contemptible" and "deplorable". The metal has little financial value.

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