Updated: Friday, 24th November 2017 @ 8:08am

Vase Stolen From Polish Disaster Memorial

Vase Stolen From Polish Disaster Memorial

By Charlie Mole

THE THEFT of a vase from a memorial to the Polish air disaster, outside
Manchester's Polish Consulate, has caused dismay amongst its staff.


The item, stolen last Thursday, was left by a member of the public and is
thought to be worth about £100.

Speaking yesterday, the Polish Consul Piotr Nowotniak stressed it is
the nature of the theft that is upsetting.

He said: "The behavior of these people speaks for itself.

"It was not nice to find out that there are people willing to take
advantage of anything and under any circumstance.

"The crash is our national tragedy and we greatly appreciate the
spontaneous gestures of support at this time."

The thieves, who were reported to the police, were captured on camera and
staff hope that it leads to their arrest.

The Polish air disaster, which took place on April 10, claimed the lives
of Polish President Lech Kaczynski as well as many of the county's other
leading dignitaries.

Leading up to the Sunday's funeral, Poland has been in a state of mourning
shutting down much of its economy as a mark of respect.

The memorial at 111 Picadilly Street is littered with cards of condolence
from families, and catholic prayer candles.

Polish receptionist Joanna, who has lived in England for the last six
years, like many, is still in a state of shock.

She said: "When I looked at my phone on the morning I had so many missed
calls from friends in Poland that I hadn't spoken to for ages.

"It was already upsetting, but to think someone could be so cruel as to
steal a vase is just disgusting."

If you have any information on the theft contact Manchester Police on 0161
872 5050.