HEARTLESS scrap metal thieves have stolen bronze memorial plaques from a graveyard in Old Woking.
The sacred metal plates – thought to be worth £5,000 if melted down – contained the names of people who have died and were in the grounds of St Peter’s Church in Church Street.
Detective Constable Matt Gamble said: “This is a despicable offence which demonstrates those responsible have no respect for the deceased or their grieving relatives.
“The desecration of such a memorial is shameful and I am asking people for any information which might help officers find the offenders and bring them to justice.
“I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have been offered or seen the plates for sale. They are instantly recognisable and not something which would be easy to hide on the open market.”
This is a despicable offence which demonstrates those responsible have no respect for the deceased or their grieving relativesThe plaques, which were screwed on to brick, are described as 4ft square and were in the south east corner of the graveyard.
The memorials were stolen sometime between 9am on Sunday, March 4, and 11am on Monday, March 12.
On Wednesday, March 7 at 10.55am the church CCTV security camera goes blank and this may be a time when the thieves struck, police said.