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Crook steals plaque from military club
6:00am Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
A THIEF stole a brass plaque from the wall of Southend Naval and Military Club.
The thief used a screwdriver to lever off the plaque, which was mounted on a rosewood base and secured to a wall in the foyer of the club, in Royal Terrace.
The club has 600 ex-servicemen and women as members.
The plaque recognised a donation from KeyMed Southend to refurbish the disabled toilets several years ago at the club.
Chairman Dennis Ward said: “It’s so sad this has happened right before Armistice Day.
“I discovered it was missing as I was locking up.
“The front door is kept locked and is accessed by members using a key fob, so we don’t know if they slipped in after a member or found another way in.
“I imagine it’s probably gone to a scrap dealer.
“We hope someone may find it and return it to us.”
Kay Ward, Mr Ward’s wife, described the crime as “despicable”.
The club is open daily from 11am until 11pm, but the theft is believed to have happened during the evening.
Mr Ward, a member since 1980 and chairman for the past three years, said he would personally give a reward of £20 for the plaque’s safe return.
The 10ins by 8ins plaque does not mention the Naval and Military Club, but bears an inscription thanking KeyMed for its donation.
Police confirmed they are investigating the theft which was on Tuesday, October 22.
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