Thieves take MP’s wreath from South Shields memorial

Theft of South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck's wreath at Westoe Cenotaph
Theft of South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck's wreath at Westoe Cenotaph

A poppy wreath laid on Remembrance Sunday by South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck has been stolen from a war memorial.

Mrs Lewell-Buck turned out with hundreds of others to show her respects earlier this month.

Emma Lewell-Buck laying her wreath

Emma Lewell-Buck laying her wreath

The Labour MP, along with dignitaries and leaders from the borough’s political parties and organisations, placed a wreath of poppies at the Westoe Cenotaph in South Shields.

The note on her wreath read: “We will never forget the sacrifices of the few for so many.”

Mrs Lewell-Buck’s wreath has gone missing and she has reported it to the police.

She said: “Laying the wreath of poppies on Remembrance Sunday is one of the biggest honours, and one of my proudest moments, I’ve had while being MP for South Shields

Mine seems to be the only one missing.

Emma Lewell-Buck, South Shields MP

“I wouldn’t like to think it’s possible that someone could have taken it, as I know the people of South Shields are not like that. I just don’t understand why it’s gone.”

After the ceremony all of the wreaths are bound together by wire, to stop them from blowing away in the wind.

Mrs Lewell-Buck added: “The fact that all of the other wreaths are still there and mine seems to be the only missing, despite them all being tied up, is very odd.

“I just hope that it is returned soon.”

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “We are carrying out inquiries after a wreath which has been laid at the cenotaph in Westoe, South Shields, was stolen.

“If anyone has any information about the theft of the wreath, or the circumstances surrounding it’s disappearance then they should contact the police.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Northumbria Police on 101 extension 68181 quoting reference number 315271115.

Alternatively they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.