A community is rallying round following the shocking theft of a war memorial plaque in Morpeth.
The bronze plate, inscribed with the names of students and teachers who died during the FirstWorld War, was jimmied off and stolen from the King Edward VI School site last week.
After hearing of the news, former KEVI pupils who are still involved with school associations have started an online appeal to raise money so that it can be replaced, ideally in time for the service of remembrance at the school on the Monday after Remembrance Sunday in November.
Town councillor David Clark, who is co-ordinating the appeal with Morpeth county councillor David Bawn and David Towns, said: “Each year, I attend a dinner of the Edwardians Association, which is attended by Old Boys and Girls, some of whom are now in their 90s.
“The vile thieves responsible for this must have no respect for themselves, let alone others, but my faith in human nature was restored by the instant generosity of many Morpeth residents and hopefully we can raise the necessary funds to have the plaque replaced.”
More than £400 has been raised so far and, as well as praising those who have donated, Coun Bawn, the current Chairman of the Edwardians Association, has urged those who deal with scrap metal to be vigilant to locate such a distinctive item.
Mr Towns added: “As soon as the Herald article about this horrible crime was highlighted on social media, members rallied round with a determination to help the school replace the plaque.”
Donations can be made via www.gofundme.com/ue4h763w