The missing original plaque dedicated to the three victims of the Soho nail bomb attack in April 1999 has been replaced ahead of memorial event tomorrow evening.
We reported yesterday that the plaque dedicated to the memory of Andrea Dykes, John Little and Nick Moore had gone missing from St. Anne’s Gardens in Soho, London ahead of the memorial event planned for the 30th April – which will be the 14th anniversary of the attack.
The nail bomb, which went off on the 30th April 1999 in the Admiral Duncan was aimed at the gay community in Soho. It was the 3rd of three attacks planned and orchestrated by David Copeland who is currently serving six concurrent life sentences and in 2007 the High Court ruled that he must serve 50 years.
A replacement plaque has been ordered and will be on display at tomorrow’s memorial event held in Soho.
Cllr Ed Argar, Westminster City Council cabinet member for city management, said:
“I find it appalling that anyone would steal the memorial plaque remembering those who died and were injured in the horrific Soho bombing of 1999.
“We have moved swiftly to get a replacement memorial delivered and installed ahead of the 14th anniversary of the Soho bombings tomorrow (Tuesday 30th April), having been alerted to its removal, and we hope it will be in place later today.”
The new plaque has cost £260, with half being paid by Westminster City Council and 17-24-30.org paying the other.
The replacement plaque will be installed this afternoon and reads:
Andrea Dykes D.O.B 30-11-1971
John Light D.O.B 27-04-1967
Nick Moore D.O.B 24-05-1967
Deceased 30-04-1999 in the Admiral Duncan Bombing
Goodness Is Stronger Than Evil