Panels stolen from Caroline Bay memorial
An eagle-eyed woman who noticed panels missing from a Caroline Bay war memorial thinks some ‘‘toe-rags’’ are to blame.
The elderly Timaru woman, who did not want to be named, discovered the panels missing from the Victoria Cross Memorial about 9am on Wednesday while she was out collecting rubbish with her husband.
‘‘We go round the bay most mornings and pick up rubbish as we wander around.’’
Someone had taken screws out of the information panels stored on top of the blue stone plinths, she said.
One of the information panels had been left leaning on a plinth, but had since been picked up by Timaru District Council staff.
‘‘I was really upset when I saw it. I call them toe-rags,’’ she said.
She said she wasn’t surprised they had been stolen.
‘‘If they can pinch parking meters they can pinch anything,’’ she said, referring to parking meters stolen from central Timaru recently.
Council parks and recreation manager Bill Steans said the council had noted three information panels taken from the memorial wall, which has the name of every battle in World War I.
Fortunately the grounds maintenance contractor had recovered one of them, but Steans asked anyone with knowledge of the other two panels to contact the council or police.
‘‘It is quite sad that we are currently acknowledging the centennial of World War I and recognising South Cantabrians involved, many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice with their lives. This is extremely disrespectful to those men and women, as well as their families.
‘‘We would very much like to receive information from anyone who can help us locate the two missing plaques. If we can locate them quickly they can be
‘‘I was really upset when I saw it. I call them toe-rags’’ Timaru resident
reinstated prior to the Armistice Day commemorations in two weeks.’’
Several information panels have been taken off some of the plinths at the Victoria Cross memorial at Timaru’s Caroline Bay.