ALMOST 170 memorial plaques have been stolen from the grounds of a church.
The plaques were taken overnight on Friday and found missing on Saturday morning.
It is believed that only the oldest plaques were taken, as they are made of a purer, more valuable metal.
A 26-year-old man was arrested on Sunday afternoon and released on bail. A 37-year-old man was arrested today and remains in police custody.
The plaques were taken from St Mary’s Church in Mirfield.
Barry Dews from Mirfield Team Parish said: “Whoever did this is the lowest of the low.”
Insp Jenny Thompson added: “The theft of metal is a serious crime wherever it happens, but this theft of so many memorial plaques is a particularly despicable crime.”
Contact police on 08456060606 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.