Belfast Telegrah
18 May 2012

A tribute to Jonathan Ball and Tim Parry on Bridge Street in Warrington, has been stolen – [More photos onsite]

A bronze commemorative inscription put up in 1996 in memory of two young children who died in a bomb planted by the IRA in Warrington has been stolen.

The River of Life plaque which was mounted to remember Johnathan Ball aged three and Tim Parry (12) who were killed when two devices exploded in 1993 in the Cheshire town is believed to have been stolen for scrap metal.

Three-year-old Johnathan Ball and 12-year-old Tim Parry were both killed by two small bombs placed in litter bins on the street, while 54 others were injured.

The memorial was unveiled by the Duchess of Kent when she opened the memorial as a symbol of continuing life.

It was stolen some time between April 20 and May 5.

Pc Graham Davies, of Cheshire Police, said: “We do not know exactly when the plaque was taken but would appeal to anyone who has any information in relation to the theft to come forward.

“This plaque forms part of a memorial and is of great significance to the town. It is upsetting for people to see that the plaque has been taken.

“We would urge anyone who knows the identity of the thief – or the whereabouts of the plaque – to contact us immediately.

“We would also appeal to anyone who may have been offered the plaque for sale to get in touch.”

Colin Parry, the father of Tim, told the Daily Mail he believed metal thieves were to blame.

He said: “It makes me feel utter disgust and it is reprehensible that someone should disfigure what is a memorial to two young boys and see it as something they can make money from without any consideration for the families who lost loved ones.

“It beggars belief that people can be so heartless and I don’t expect that they have any conscience.

“It is remarkable the lengths that some people will go to make some cash and it is one of those crimes that is so off the scale that it is disgusting.”

His son was killed when two bombs exploded within a minute of each other on March 20 1993, one outside a Boots and another outside a McDonalds in an area crowded with shoppers.

Johnathan died at the scene, while Tim was gravely wounded. He died on March 25 1993 when doctors switched off his life support machine.

The day after the bombings the IRA admitted its volunteers had planted the bombs.

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