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Reward offered after theft

PUBLISHED: 02:32 03 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:36 03 March 2010

AVIATION enthusiasts have been left scratching their heads after thieves stole a brass plaque from the door of the Martlesham Heath control museum.

Vice-chairman of the Martlesham Heath Aviation Society Bob Dunnett was bewildered when he found that the plaque on the door to the museum showing contact telephone numbers had been stolen.

AVIATION enthusiasts have been left scratching their heads after thieves stole a brass plaque from the door of the Martlesham Heath control museum.

Vice-chairman of the Martlesham Heath Aviation Society Bob Dunnett was bewildered when he found that the plaque on the door to the museum showing contact telephone numbers had been stolen.

He is now offering a reward to anyone who can throw any light on the mysterious situation of where the plaque can have gone.

To start with Mr Dunnett blamed vandals on the theft but is also considering the possibility that it could be the work of a collector.

He said: "I know that aviation museums have really come to the fore at the moment and are popping up all over the place.

"There is a lot of interest in them, so it could have been someone who just thought it would be collectable."

The plaque was mounted on a mahogany base that had been left behind.

Mr Dunnett said: "It had not been ripped off the wall.

"It had been very carefully unscrewed and they have even taken the brass screws.

"It was expensive for us and now it means that we have to find the money to replace it."

Suffolk police have been informed of the matter and Mr Dunnett said that the society just want the plaque returned.

It is unknown when the sign was actually stolen and could have been any time between Sunday September 23 and Saturday September 28.

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