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Thief overcome with guilt returns D-Day plaque, apology and £205

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Paul Turner with one of the Castle Park memorial plaques. See SWNS story SWBRplaques. An "ashamed" thief who stole five D-Day memorial plaques has owned up to his actions - and returned one of the plaques with an apology letter and over ?200 in cash. The brass plaques were stolen from Castle Park in Bristol on September 2 - less than three months after being unveiled on June 6 to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day. But the man behind it said in an apology letter that he was "ashamed and shocked" by his "drunken state" - and sent back one of the plaques, along with ?205 in cash. He wrote: "I hope this donation along with the plaque I returned can go some way to making up for the distress and upset that my actions have caused.
Paul Turner holds up the anonymously delivered letter and memorial plaque (Picture: SWNS)

A disgrace stricken thief who stole 5 memorial plaques has returned one in all them with a heartfelt apology letter and £205 in money.

The brass plaques had been stolen lower than three months after they had been unveiled on June 6 to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

But the person accountable stated in a letter that he was ‘ashamed and shocked’ by his ‘drunken state’.

He wrote: ‘I hope this donation alongside with the plaque I returned can go some solution to making up for the misery and upset that my actions have precipitated.

‘I’m very ashamed and shocked that I used to be able to such a damaging act.

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The letter sent regarding a set of memorial plaques which were torn up by a drunked yob. See SWNS story SWBRplaques. An "ashamed" thief who stole five D-Day memorial plaques has owned up to his actions - and returned one of the plaques with an apology letter and over ?200 in cash. The brass plaques were stolen from Castle Park in Bristol on September 2 - less than three months after being unveiled on June 6 to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day. But the man behind it said in an apology letter that he was "ashamed and shocked" by his "drunken state" - and sent back one of the plaques, along with ?205 in cash. He wrote: "I hope this donation along with the plaque I returned can go some way to making up for the distress and upset that my actions have caused.
The unknown thief’s conscience obtained the higher of him (Picture: SWNS)
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The plaques commemorating the Normandy landings which were unveiled in Castle Park in June. See SWNS story SWBRplaques. An "ashamed" thief who stole five D-Day memorial plaques has owned up to his actions - and returned one of the plaques with an apology letter and over ?200 in cash. The brass plaques were stolen from Castle Park in Bristol on September 2 - less than three months after being unveiled on June 6 to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day. But the man behind it said in an apology letter that he was "ashamed and shocked" by his "drunken state" - and sent back one of the plaques, along with ?205 in cash. He wrote: "I hope this donation along with the plaque I returned can go some way to making up for the distress and upset that my actions have caused.
The plaques had been stolen lower than three months after they had been unveiled on June 6 (Picture: SWNS)

‘Whilst I don’t need to use my drunken state as an excuse, I’m sure that that is one thing I’d by no means normally do.

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‘I can guarantee you that I’ll by no means act in such a disrespectful method once more.

‘I have nothing but respect for the veterans and the sacrifices that they have made for this country.’

Secretary of the Veterans group stated he ‘wished they had left a number’ so he might thank them for proudly owning up.

He stated he was ‘lost for words’ when he acquired the letter and was ‘taken aback’ by its honesty and sincerity.

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Paul Turner, secretary of BriNormandy Veterans surveys the damage at the site where a set of memorial plaques were torn up by a drunked yob. See SWNS story SWBRplaques. An "ashamed" thief who stole five D-Day memorial plaques has owned up to his actions - and returned one of the plaques with an apology letter and over ?200 in cash. The brass plaques were stolen from Castle Park in Bristol on September 2 - less than three months after being unveiled on June 6 to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day. But the man behind it said in an apology letter that he was "ashamed and shocked" by his "drunken state" - and sent back one of the plaques, along with ?205 in cash. He wrote: "I hope this donation along with the plaque I returned can go some way to making up for the distress and upset that my actions have caused.
Normandy Veterans group secretary Paul says he ‘wished they had left a number’ so he might thank them (Picture: SWNS)

Police had been known as to analyze the theft from ’s Castle Park on September 2 however no arrests have been made.

Mr Turner stated he felt it was a ‘satisfactory conclusion’ and wished the police to ‘consider the matter closed’.

The cash acquired within the letter will go in the direction of new new plaques and an info board to be positioned subsequent to them.

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