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Spartakas Grachauskas was jailed for 18 weeks following the attempted theft of a memorial plaque in Warrington town centre.A man has been sentenced following the attempted theft of a memorial plaque in Warrington town centre.
Spartakas Grachauskas was jailed for 18 weeks following an appearance at Manchester City Magistrates′ Court today.
The 25-year-old was arrested in the early hours of Saturday 21 April following a report by Warrington Borough Council CCTV operators. He was interviewed by officers and subsequently charged with the offence.
The metal plaque forms part of the River of Life in Bridge Street - a memorial to the victims of the Warrington bombing in 1993. It is a metal floor plaque near to McDonalds.
Chief Superintendent Richard Strachan said: "Metal theft comes in many forms and affects everyone. It is not a victimless crime - in this case the repercussions are far reaching as the plaque, which the offender tried to steal, forms part of a memorial to the victims of the Warrington bombing.
"This is an important memorial for the community in Warrington and is part of the town′s heritage. We hope that this case will serve as a warning to others that those involved in this type of crime will be punished for their actions.
"Metal theft is a national issue and we will continue to work with local partners, the community, businesses and other police forces to target those responsible."
Cllr Mike Hannon, deputy leader of Warrington Borough Council, said: "The value of the River of Life memorial to Warrington′s cultural heritage far outweighs its cost in metal and we′re pleased that swift action has been taken against someone who seeks to destroy part of our rich history.
"It sends a clear message to anyone who thinks they can commit vandalism in Warrington that they can′t - we′ll always take action to protect and promote our communities and assets."