Croydon MP threatens scrap metal thieves

Your Local Guardian: Gavin Barwell is furious after his father's grave was targeted Gavin Barwell is furious after his father's grave was targeted

An MP whose father’s grave has been desecrated by scrap metal thieves has warned them they will regret their actions.

The memorial plaque to David Barwell, father of Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell, was discovered to be missing from Beckenham Cemetery by his mother Jennifer on Wednesday, May 23.

Mr Barwell lashed out at the offenders on Twitter shortly afterwards.

He said: “To the scumbag who took the plaque from my Dad's grave: if I ever find out who you are, you are going to regret it.”

Mr Barwell’s father died in 2005.

He said: “When you lose something through theft it is bad, but when it is something that has strong emotional attachment it is all the more painful.

“With these kinds of thefts it is not just the person who takes the plaque, it is the person who bought it, there is no way they don’t know what they are buying.”

Mr Barwell, who was elected to the House of Commons in 2010, told the Croydon Guardian earlier this week he was considering raising the issue of scrap metal theft as a private members bill.

However, he said he would not allow the incident involving his father to cloud his decision.

He said: “It is already something that is a huge issue both in Croydon and across the country. I won’t let this decide for me though.”

It is believed the memorial could have been stolen a fortnight ago and Mr Barwell said Beckenham Cemetery have promised to replace the plaque.

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9:55am Fri 25 May 12

Slim Line says...

I feel sorry for this MP but the fact remains this has been happening for a long time in this country without MPs doing anything about it
Anything that can be torn from its foundations and sold as scrap to feed China's quest for world domination of the retail market will continue... simples
I feel sorry for this MP but the fact remains this has been happening for a long time in this country without MPs doing anything about it Anything that can be torn from its foundations and sold as scrap to feed China's quest for world domination of the retail market will continue... simples Slim Line

3:31pm Fri 25 May 12

stephenkhewett says...

I totally agree, these MP's have presided over this problem while numerous major companies have lobbied for a change in the law on scrap dealing- i.e. no cash payments like those that exist on the continent, but they have ignored them and agreed a voluntary code, which is useless. Unfortunately, this is the result, they only have themsleves to blame.
I totally agree, these MP's have presided over this problem while numerous major companies have lobbied for a change in the law on scrap dealing- i.e. no cash payments like those that exist on the continent, but they have ignored them and agreed a voluntary code, which is useless. Unfortunately, this is the result, they only have themsleves to blame. stephenkhewett

2:36pm Sat 26 May 12

edstar says...

**** gippos
**** gippos edstar

10:27am Sun 27 May 12

Hove Ex-Pat says...

All these comments are so true, & it is a tragedy for all the relatives involved. However, without bearing any public servant any malice, if this happened to some more public servants families, MP's or local government, they might do something about it. We all know that MPs do not act unless it affects them or there is kudos in it for them. The sight of those "cut up" plaques in the news last week must have been devastating for families of these loved ones.
All these comments are so true, & it is a tragedy for all the relatives involved. However, without bearing any public servant any malice, if this happened to some more public servants families, MP's or local government, they might do something about it. We all know that MPs do not act unless it affects them or there is kudos in it for them. The sight of those "cut up" plaques in the news last week must have been devastating for families of these loved ones. Hove Ex-Pat

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