Memorial plaque stolen from pub

A memorial sign for Peter Johnson (PJ) who died in an industrial accident in Great Yarmouth last year has been stolen from the pub.''Pic of landlord Nigel Wallace by the place that the plaque was taken from.
A memorial sign for Peter Johnson (PJ) who died in an industrial accident in Great Yarmouth last year has been stolen from the pub.''Pic of landlord Nigel Wallace by the place that the plaque was taken from.
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A landlord has warned vandals who ripped a memorial plaque from a pub wall that ‘there are a lot of angry people’ after the incident.

The plaque commemorating Peter ‘PJ’ Johnson was taken from the wall of the Cock Inn in Stanton between 5pm on October 29 and 10 am on October 31.

Mr Johnson, 42, from Stanton, died on January 21 last year in an industrial incident in Great Yarmouth along with workmates Thomas and Daniel Hazelton and Adam Taylor.

The plaque, which reads ‘Parking for Vespas only’ was put up around 18 months ago having been part of a shrine.

Nigel Wallace, landlord of the Cock Inn, said villagers had been upset by the theft.

“There are a lot of people who have been appalled by this.

“The plaque has no value, it was just the significance to the pub and to the village,” he said.

Mr Wallace said the plaque had probably become ‘a trophy in a teenager’s bedroom’ but urged the thief to return it.

“Maybe whoever took it doesn’t know the significance of it.

“I just want it back on the doorstep of the pub and nothing else will be said about it,” he said.

The plaque was put in place as Mr Johnson had always wanted to park his scooter in front of the pub, according to Mr Wallace.

He said the sign cost about £20 and had no scrap value.

The red and white rectangular sign is about 18 inches by 14 inches.

Police are now appealing for information in relation to the theft and have asked witnesses to call Pc Sheena Tate at St Edmundsbury Police on 101 quoting BR/12/797 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.