THE MAYOR of Erewash has joined a campaign to combat callous thieves who steal metal from war memorials.
Cllr Kevin Miller – one of 150 regional volunteers nationwide for the War Memorials Trust – has revealed his support for the In Memoriam 2014 campaign’s aim to use state-of-the-art SmartWater on every war memorial in the country, including Ilkeston’s monument in the Market Place.
The chemical, which is visible only under ultraviolet light and can withstand burning and melting, makes it harder for criminals to dispose of metal they steal.
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.
“I welcome the In Memoria 2014 project and its aim to protect war memorials with the application of SmartWater.”
Police forces across the UK have been using SmartWater to combat increasing incidents of metal theft as it can trace the metal back to specific crime scenes.
More and more scrap metal dealers are checking metal brought to them for traces of SmartWater and refusing to handle items marked with the liquid.
SmartWter Foundation chairman Sir Keith Povey said: “I hope that people embrace what this project offers and take an interest in locating and preserving these symbols of our commemoration.”
Cllr Miller is attending the official Remembrance services in Long Eaton and Ilkeston this weekend.