Frosty Beacon, Lickey Hills

From West Mercia Police:

Police are appealing for information about the theft of a memorial bench from the Lickey Hills in North Worcestershire.

The bench was stolen from next to the beacon on Monument Lane between Tuesday 1 November and Monday 14 November.

The bench was placed at the viewpoint in 2007 in memory of Frederick and Marjorie Vale from Harborne, Birmingham, who died the previous year, and carried brass plaques with their names on.

The viewpoint was a favourite spot of the couple and their family, as it overlooked the Longbridge site, where Mr Vale had worked.

The couple’s daughter Sue Pockett discovered the bench was missing when she took a poppy cross to place beside it in memory of her father, who was an RAF veteran, on Monday.

Mrs Pockett said: “Family and friends liked to go and sit on the bench to remember them, and we’re absolutely devastated. It’s so sad that someone could have done this, as it was obvious it was a memorial bench.”

The bench, which was made of varnished wood originally from trees on the Lickey Hills, had been wrenched out of its concrete base. Police believe at least two people would have carried it to a vehicle.

Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact West Mercia Police on 0300 333 3000 quoting incident 236-n-17 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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