Pan­els stolen from Caro­line Bay me­mo­rial

Waitaki Herald - - WHAT’S ON - RYAN DUN­LOP

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.

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