Surrey

Man arrested over theft from Lingfield war memorial

A 24-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the theft of commemorative brass plaques from a Surrey war memorial.

The suspect, from Lingfield, was arrested on Monday in Redhill following a tip-off from members of the public.

Six plaques honouring war heroes were removed from the memorial in Lingfield High Street on the night of 14 October.

Three were found in Gun Pit Road car park, while the others were touted for sale at a nearby scrap metal yard.

'People outraged'

The owner of the scrapyard became suspicious, refused to buy the plaques and contacted police. All six have now been returned to Lingfield Parish Council.

The arrested man has been released on police bail until 12 November.

Police have appealed to anyone who has information and has not yet spoken to police to come forward.

"This was an appalling crime which has outraged many people and we remain committed to ensuring justice is done," said Det Con Dave Hull.

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