War memorials will be protected

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A project has been launched to combat the theft of metal from war memorials.

The War Memorials Trust and the SmartWater Foundation are asking war memorial custodians to register for the In Memoriam 2014 project, which is also making SmartWater’s state-of-the- art crime-prevention liquid available free of charge to mark all war memorials in the UK.

Todmorden resident Paul Clarke, regional volunteer for the War Memorials Trust, said there were over 100,000 war memorials in the UK and 100 in Calderdale.

He said: “The war memorials in our area offer an important insight into our military and social history.

“They remember those from this area who have given their lives for their country.

“A theft from a war memorial is an attack on the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.”

SmartWater is a forensic solution which contains a unique chemical code and is only visible under ultraviolet light. Once applied to a war memorial the liquid is virtually impossible to remove and can withstand burning or melting, making it harder for criminals to dispose of stolen memorial materials.