Thursday, 12 October 2017

Desecration! thumbnailPlaque remembering the Korean War, one of three removed from Dervock War Memorial Garden at the end of August. SPB41-06

A MEMBER of Dervock Community Association (D&DCA) has spoken of his "heart break" after the removal of three plaques from the War Memorial in the village.
The plaques, remembering the RIC/RUC, the Korean War and the B Specials/UDR were discovered missing over a month ago.
Mr Frank McClernon has appealed for their return saying, "We feel hurt that the plaques were removed by someone or people who had no right to remove them. We don't believe it was a hate crime. If it was we think they would have smashed the plaques, rather than take the trouble to remove them."
Police are urging people with information to come forward, saying it is believed the plaques were taken sometime between Friday and Monday August 18-21.
The plaques, which are valued at 1400, were put into place on October 24, 2016.
“They were glued onto the 'Freedom Stone' with a special resin, I got myself," Mr McClernon said. "I would appeal to whoever took the plaques to leave them back before Remembrance Day, they are valued by the local community and by the officers and soldiers who served in those organisations. They mean a great deal to us.
“Whoever did this desecrated a memorial on consecrated ground. I was brought up rough and ready, but one thing you never did was desecrate a Memorial on consecrated ground. "No one has seen anything, I don't think it was a hate crime or treasure hunters, I think people not a million miles away might know something. We reported it to police over a month ago and nothing!"
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