The cemetery at Springston

Arrest following plaque thefts

by Mike Isle

A 41-year-old woman has been arrested following the theft of dozens of plaques from Springston Cemetery in Christchurch.

The incident was reported to police on Monday, May 6.

A week later, police recovered 17 plaques that had been sold to a Christchurch-based scrap dealer.

The woman was arrested after allegedly selling another 32 plaques to a second scrap dealer.
The bronze plaques vanished from the Springston Cemetery after Anzac Day and were reported missing to the police by a Selwyn District Council staff member.

About 37 of those taken were from graves in the Returned and Services Association (RSA) section of the cemetery. Selwyn District Mayor Sam Broughton said the council are working to help families where possible.

Plans are already in place to replace the plaques in the next few weeks, he said.

“They might not look exactly the same, but we’re working with an engraver at the moment and Veterans Affairs to make sure that they can be put back.

“It has been very upsetting for the families involved,” Broughton said.
The woman has been charged with theft.