Plaque ar­rest

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

A man has been ar­rested and charged with theft fol­low­ing the dis­ap­pear­ance of more than 40 bronze plaques from Whenua Tapu Ceme­tery in July.

Porirua Con­sta­ble Damian Parker said po­lice had spent sev­eral weeks in­ves­ti­gat­ing the theft. Thirty-one plaques were chis­elled from their con­crete cas­ing in the pub­lic ashes area, while the rest were prised away from the plots for vet­er­ans.

Mr Parker said a 33-year-old Lower Hutt man was ar­rested af­ter in­for­ma­tion from the pub­lic. It is be­lieved the plaques were bro­ken up and sold to a scrap metal dealer, but some let­ter­ing was not filed back prop­erly.

Porirua City Coun­cil’s parks and re­serves man­ager Bill Inge said while it is great the al­leged of­fender has been found, the episode had put fam­i­lies through great dis­tress and sad­ness.

He said lo­cal busi­ness Neales Foundry had how­ever of­fered to re­place the plaques at cost.

Po­lice now want to hear from the fam­i­lies of the de­ceased whose plaques were stolen, to help them com­plete their in­ves­ti­ga­tions. Fam­i­lies can con­tact Mr Parker at Porirua po­lice sta­tion on 238 1400.

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