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Thieves steal flags from war memorial

Police in Leigh are investigating after two flagpoles were stolen from the cenotaph in Leigh, Greater Manchester. Between midnight on Friday 6 August 2010 and 6.30am on Tuesday 10 August 2010, the flagpoles were stolen from the war memorial on Church Street.

Officers in Leigh have carried out inquiries and are now appealing to anyone who may be able to help to come forward.

Police Constable Barry Willans said: “It is hard to understand exactly why someone would want to steal these flagpoles, but the offenders need to understand that their actions have caused a tremendous amount of distress.

“We have been in regular contact with the British Legion who are understandably keen for justice to be carried out.

“We are appealing to anyone who was in Leigh on this particular weekend who may have seen anything that may assist this investigation to call us.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 0161 872 5050 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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