Alcoholic Lana Clitheroe jailed for stealing “invaluable” war memorial plaque

Missing plaque from the right-hand side

Missing plaque from the right-hand side

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A 42-YEAR-OLD alcoholic has been jailed for stealing an “invaluable” war memorial plaque from a Lewisham church.

Lana Clitheroe, aged 42, of Dundalk Road, Brockley appeared at Bromley Magistrates’ Court today (January 17), having pleaded guilty to theft by finding at an earlier hearing.

She appeared with 42-year-old Paul Kelly of Arlington Close, Ennerdale Road in Lewisham, who had also pleaded guilty to the same charge.

The court heard that Clitheroe and Kelly found the bronze plaque in a side street and CCTV footage showed the pair wheeling it around in a shopping trolley.

Prosecutor Denise Clewes told the court: “They presented the plaque at Sydenham Scrap Metals where they wanted to sell the item for scrap.”

They both laid the plaque face down on the scales and it weighed 44 kilos – a weight that would normally have expected to be worth £90 to £100.

However, the owner of the premises got suspicious and asked the pair to turn the plaque over. Upon realising what it was he sent them away.

On their way back from the scrap yard, Mr Kelly sold the plaque to a man in white van for £15.

Ms Clewes told the court that when she was arrested Clitheroe said, ‘I was there, but I was only helping’, and that Kelly had offered to buy her a few cans of beer in return for her help.

Bill Chipperfield, representing Clitheroe, told the court that she had been drinking since the age of 11 and has been alcohol dependent for most of her adult life. She was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the offence.

The plaque was stolen from St Mary the Virgin Church, Lewisham High Street, on October 19 and has still not been recovered.

It was one of two bearing the names soldiers who fell during the First World War and it is not yet known whether or the names can be recovered.

Sentencing Clitheroe, District Judge Julia Newton said: “The culpability of the defendant is high - no thought was given beyond raising money for alcohol.

“Her risk of re-offending is assessed as high.”

Clitheroe was sentenced to 120 days imprisonment, half of which is to be spent in custody, with the remainder to be served in the community.

Kelly was committed to Inner London Crown Court to be sentenced for this offence, and for a separate, riots-related burglary charge at a later date.

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5:35pm Tue 17 Jan 12

Marty1979 says...

Perhaps the scrap dealer could have called the police instead of simply "sending them on their way"
Perhaps the scrap dealer could have called the police instead of simply "sending them on their way" Marty1979
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6:11pm Tue 17 Jan 12

longshanks2 says...

120 days was not long enough, drink should be no excuse, they should have there benifits stopped, to pay for a new plaque
120 days was not long enough, drink should be no excuse, they should have there benifits stopped, to pay for a new plaque longshanks2
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9:42am Wed 18 Jan 12

PaulErith says...

Although many will say that drink is not an acuse, achoholism is an illness and I guess this person was desperate. Not saying it makes it ok or that they don't deserve a prison sentence, but they also help for their problem.
Although many will say that drink is not an acuse, achoholism is an illness and I guess this person was desperate. Not saying it makes it ok or that they don't deserve a prison sentence, but they also help for their problem. PaulErith
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9:46am Wed 18 Jan 12

Banbury Joe says...

Booooooo!!!!!!
Booooooo!!!!!! Banbury Joe
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2:34pm Wed 18 Jan 12

DCMaddo says...

As a relative of two men named on this memorial, one 24 unmarried and the other 30 who left a wife and 3 children, the youngest aged 1. I think it absolutly disgusting that these dare I say 'people' get off so lightly and nothing had been done when it is known these rifraf getting drunk and are anti social in public.
As for needing help, all the families that have lost sons, brothers, husbands and fathers in wars, are more deserving of help than these two.
As a relative of two men named on this memorial, one 24 unmarried and the other 30 who left a wife and 3 children, the youngest aged 1. I think it absolutly disgusting that these dare I say 'people' get off so lightly and nothing had been done when it is known these rifraf getting drunk and are anti social in public. As for needing help, all the families that have lost sons, brothers, husbands and fathers in wars, are more deserving of help than these two. DCMaddo
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3:12pm Wed 18 Jan 12

DCMaddo says...

Here's a thought, as they clearly don't use their benefits to improve their lives, how about they pay to replace the memorial.
Here's a thought, as they clearly don't use their benefits to improve their lives, how about they pay to replace the memorial. DCMaddo
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4:07pm Wed 18 Jan 12

reasonable75 says...

Take her to the local British Legion & let them explain things to her?
Take her to the local British Legion & let them explain things to her? reasonable75
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9:31am Thu 19 Jan 12

Indigenous Pensioner says...

THis has made me very angry we did not fig ht two world war to have some one do this to our fallen comrades in my country.THank you.
THis has made me very angry we did not fig ht two world war to have some one do this to our fallen comrades in my country.THank you. Indigenous Pensioner
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10:30am Thu 19 Jan 12

the wall says...

That's right you didn't. I find you carrying on like you fought in the war just a disgraceful as the people that stole this war memorial plaque.
That's right you didn't. I find you carrying on like you fought in the war just a disgraceful as the people that stole this war memorial plaque. the wall
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10:53am Thu 19 Jan 12

TheEverardedbutt says...

Indigenous Pensioner wrote:
THis has made me very angry we did not fig ht two world war to have some one do this to our fallen comrades in my country.THank you.
If that has made you angry then check this article out.
Absolutely disgusting! No wonder she is smiling in the photo.

http://www.thesun.co
.uk/sol/homepage/new
s/4069248/Big-Issue-
seller-from-Romania-
can-claim-20K-housin
g-benefit-news-Judge
-says-she-is-self-em
ployed-and-entitled-
to-payments.html
[quote][p][bold]Indigenous Pensioner[/bold] wrote: THis has made me very angry we did not fig ht two world war to have some one do this to our fallen comrades in my country.THank you.[/p][/quote]If that has made you angry then check this article out. Absolutely disgusting! No wonder she is smiling in the photo. http://www.thesun.co .uk/sol/homepage/new s/4069248/Big-Issue- seller-from-Romania- can-claim-20K-housin g-benefit-news-Judge -says-she-is-self-em ployed-and-entitled- to-payments.html TheEverardedbutt
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7:13pm Thu 19 Jan 12

steve-oh says...

what about the white van man?
what about the white van man? steve-oh
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7:13pm Thu 19 Jan 12

steve-oh says...

what about the white van man?
what about the white van man? steve-oh
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7:17pm Thu 19 Jan 12

steve-oh says...

sorry didn't mean to send it twice, didn't think in went through first time.
sorry didn't mean to send it twice, didn't think in went through first time. steve-oh
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8:33pm Thu 19 Jan 12

ashford says...

people have no respect nowdays, hopefully this will teach them some.
people have no respect nowdays, hopefully this will teach them some. ashford
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8:51pm Thu 19 Jan 12

ashford says...

perhaps white van man only bought it so he could give it back. yea right
perhaps white van man only bought it so he could give it back. yea right ashford
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11:48am Fri 20 Jan 12

PaulErith says...

TheEverardedbutt wrote:
Indigenous Pensioner wrote: THis has made me very angry we did not fig ht two world war to have some one do this to our fallen comrades in my country.THank you.
If that has made you angry then check this article out. Absolutely disgusting! No wonder she is smiling in the photo. http://www.thesun.co .uk/sol/homepage/new s/4069248/Big-Issue- seller-from-Romania- can-claim-20K-housin g-benefit-news-Judge -says-she-is-self-em ployed-and-entitled- to-payments.html
Don't really see what this article about the Big Issue seller has to do with this story??
But, at least she's out doing some work in the form of selling a magazine. I can think of plenty of examples of lazy people claiming benefits and sitting on their a*** all day!
[quote][p][bold]TheEverardedbutt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Indigenous Pensioner[/bold] wrote: THis has made me very angry we did not fig ht two world war to have some one do this to our fallen comrades in my country.THank you.[/p][/quote]If that has made you angry then check this article out. Absolutely disgusting! No wonder she is smiling in the photo. http://www.thesun.co .uk/sol/homepage/new s/4069248/Big-Issue- seller-from-Romania- can-claim-20K-housin g-benefit-news-Judge -says-she-is-self-em ployed-and-entitled- to-payments.html[/p][/quote]Don't really see what this article about the Big Issue seller has to do with this story?? But, at least she's out doing some work in the form of selling a magazine. I can think of plenty of examples of lazy people claiming benefits and sitting on their a*** all day! PaulErith
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9:30pm Sat 21 Jan 12

no all says...

alcoholism is not a illness, a illness is something you get not what you do, 120 days, two short. should be 120 days in the army
alcoholism is not a illness, a illness is something you get not what you do, 120 days, two short. should be 120 days in the army no all
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8:36am Mon 23 Jan 12

PaulErith says...

no all wrote:
alcoholism is not a illness, a illness is something you get not what you do, 120 days, two short. should be 120 days in the army
Wrong!
[quote][p][bold]no all[/bold] wrote: alcoholism is not a illness, a illness is something you get not what you do, 120 days, two short. should be 120 days in the army[/p][/quote]Wrong! PaulErith
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