Sunday, January 1, 2012

Metal Monuments start to vanish: Metal thieves on stealing spree in UK

[ via Reuters ] 31 Dec

For years a bronze statue of Alfred Salter sat on a bench looking out on a quiet bend of the River Thames, a memorial to a doctor who dedicated his life to a London district once infamous for Dickensian levels of poverty and disease.

Empty plinth (Photo: Reuters )
Now the bench is empty after his statue fell victim to a wave of metal thefts sweeping Britain, threatening artworks and ravaging infrastructure as thieves seek to capitalize on soaring metal prices and a cash-in-hand scrap industry.

Read more at Reuters


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