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Brass plaques stolen from Blackburn businesses
2:00pm Saturday 7th September 2013 in News
TOWN centre business bosses were ‘brassed off’ after plaques were stolen from the walls outside their offices.
Four premises in Blackburn’s Richmond Terrace office district were targeted and a brass sign on the wall outside MP Jack Straw’s office has also been stolen.
Partners at Roebuck’s Solicitors and Beever and Struthers chartered accountants were furious at the theft of their plaques, believed to be for sale as scrap.
Other properties targeted include the Masonic Hall and opticians AJ Spurrett.
All the offences were reported to the police in four days between August 30 and September 2.
Robin Phoenix, a partner in Roebucks Solicitors, said one sign had been stolen and another damaged.
He said the stolen plaque was part of the firm's history and irreplaceable.
Mr Phoenix said: "It probably had a scrap value of just a few quid but will cost hundreds of pounds to replace.
"This is the latest in a long line of incidents. We have had windows broken, lead taken from the roof and the door has been kicked in. The area around the back becomes a virtual no-go zone at night.”
Graham Wilson, a partner in Beever and Struthers, said they would be replacing the stolen brass plaques with perspex.
He added: "There was a builders’ sack tied to our door on Monday morning and it seems whoever was responsible has posed as workmen of some kind as they have worked their way along the terrace.”
A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “We had several thefts of brass plaques from offices on Richmond Terrace reported in just a few days at the end of August and beginning of September.
“We are actively investigating these offences and anyone with information should contact their local police station or ring 101.”
Mr Straw said: “This is mindless vandalism which causes great inconvenience to people and businesses.
“Thankfully, my plaque is still there. I just hope the police catch these thieves quickly.”
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