Thieves steal plaque to hero

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‘DISRESPECTFUL’ thieves have stolen a plaque honouring the bravery of a war hero.

The brass plaque was fixed to a stone in Worksop Memorial Park to honour Sergeant William Johnson, a Victoria Cross-winner who was born in the town in 1890 and served with the Sherwood Foresters.

It is thought the plaque was taken between 4pm on Thursday, January 19, and 9am the next day, to be sold as scrap.

Sergeant Johnson, who died in 1945, was awarded the medal for his actions in October 1918 at Ramicourt, France, when he single-handedly charged a machine gun emplacement, capturing two of the machine guns.

PC Mario Wiznycia, investigating, said: “This theft is a disrespectful act.

“The plaque is priceless, being of great sentimental value to Sergeant Johnson’s family and the community of Worksop.”

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call police on 101.