Thieves target plaque

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WOULD-BE metal thieves may have been responsible for tearing off a commemorative sign in Alnwick – only to dump it after realising that it wasn’t made of brass.

The plaque, which marked perennial planting by Alnwick Lions at Wager Cottage, opposite the junction of Bondgate Without and Denwick Lane, was removed during December but then thrown into the garden.

Lions president Dave Bickerton said: “It’s either just mindless vandalism or someone who believed it was valuable as scrap.”