Man who stole memorial plaque to IRA victims apologises

Warrington IRA bomb victims Johnathan Ball (left) and Tim Parry
Warrington IRA bomb victims Johnathan Ball (left) and Tim Parry

A NEWTON man who stole a memorial plaque dedicated to the victims of an IRA bomb attack has apologised to the parents.

The 29-year-old appeared before a specially convened panel at Warrington town hall after admitting taking the plaque.

He came face-to-face with Colin and Wendy Parry, the parents of Tim Parry, the 12-year-old killed in the 1993 Warrington blast.

The man, who has not be named, had earlier admitted ripping the plaque off its wall fixings during a boozy night out.

A 59-year-old man from Warrington has also admitted his part in the shocking incident. The plaque has since been returned.

The plaque was erected following an IRA bomb on Warrington town centre in 1993 which killed Tim, 12, and three-year-old Jonathan Ball, and injured 54 others.

CCTV captured the pair stealing the plaque in June.

They were identified following a public outcry and arrested but were not charged and instead appeared under a new government scheme.

As part of the restorative justice programme they had to meet their victims and will now undertake a community order.