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Gay Admiral Duncan nail bomb memorial is missing

Gay Admiral Duncan nail bomb memorial is missing

A plaque to the victims of the nail bombing at the gay Admiral Duncan pub in London has gone missing.

The memorial is dedicated to Andrea Dykes, John Light and Nick Moore who died in the blast on 30 April 1999.

It is believed the plaque could have been thrown away, stored for safekeeping or even stolen for its scrap metal value.

Westminster City Council has rushed to buy a replacement memorial which will be concreted into place tomorrow when people will gather for two minutes silence to remember the 14th anniversary of the attack.

Mark Healey from 17-24-30, an organization dedicated to remembering the 1999 nail bombings in Brixton (17 April), Brick Lane (24 April) and Soho (30 April) spotted the disappearance.

He told GSN they had previously noticed the post the plaque sits on had become worn away and were considering repairs. But on a recent check it had gone.

Writing on the 17-24-30 site, he said: ‘If anyone has taken the plaque I hope that they will return it. It is a shame that it has gone missing as we approach the 14th anniversary of these horrific attacks.’

Lone bomber David Copeland carried out all three attacks, targeting the black, Asian and LGBT communities of London. He hoped to stir up fear and hatred so the British National Party would be elected.

His campaign killed three and injured 97 at the Admiral Duncan pub in Soho and injured 47 in Brixton and six in Brick Lane.

Greater numbers attended memorial services in Brixton and Brick Lane this year and Healey is hoping people will support the service in Soho tomorrow (30 April).

If you want to take part, you should gather at the Admiral Duncan on Old Compton Street by 6pm. The remembrance service will be at St Anne’s Gardens nearby shortly afterwards. There will be a two-minute silence at 6.37pm, the time the bomb exploded.

Healey said: ‘It is remembering there are still many people affected by what happened and they need our ongoing support.

‘And it reminds us we still need to be vigilant because of situations like the Boston bomb.’

The replacement plaque has cost Westminster £260 ($404 €308).

Councilor Ed Argar, Westminster City Council cabinet member for city management, said: ‘I find it appalling 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 (30 April).’