HEARTLESS thieves have desecrated a memorial honouring a town’s fallen war veterans.
Police are now hunting for those responsible for the attack on the memorial after they managed to run off from officers who gave chase.
A routine police patrol came across three men in the grounds of the War Memorial Park in Low Road, Conisbrough, who were climbing over a wall into the grounds of Conisbrough Castle.
When the officers gave chase on foot the trio fled. and discarded a bronze plaque on which the names of the town’s fallen servicemen were engraved as well as a crowbar.
Insp Ray Mountford from the West Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “I am utterly disgraced that these individuals have desecrated the honour of the people who fought and lost their lives for this country.
“There has been no regard or respect to what these plaques represent, or mean to the local community.
“I would urge anyone who may have any information as to who was involved or who may have witnessed anything, to come forward.”
Repairs are now being having to be carried out to the plaque which was damaged as it was ripped from the memorial.
The incident happened at about 12.20am on Thursday, September 29.
Anybody with information about the attempted theft should contact South Yorkshire Police on 0114 220 2020, or contact Crimestoppers anonomously on 0800 555 111, quoting incident number 26 of September 29.