Monday 19 February 2018

Local man arrested for theft of Warrington memorial

James Edgar

A man has been arrested over the theft of a memorial to two children killed by an IRA bomb, police said.

A plaque that formed part of the River of Life, a memorial for victims of the 1993 Warrington blast, was taken from a wall in Bridge Street in Warrington, England, in a suspected metal theft.

Three-year-old Johnathan Ball and 12-year-old Tim Parry were killed by two small bombs placed in litter bins on the street, while 54 others were injured.

Cheshire Police said officers arrested a 57-year-old man from the Penketh area of the town on suspicion of theft. The plaque was recovered in its original state at the time of the arrest.

Richard Strachan, Chief Superintendent for Warrington and Halton, said: "This investigation is progressing successfully."

The children were killed when two bombs exploded within a minute of each other on March 20, 1993.

The day after the bombings, the IRA admitted its volunteers had planted the bombs.

Sunday Independent

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