Joint statement condemning the ‘hateful’ theft of a plaque commemorating the life and legacy of David Oluwale
The shadow thrown by this theft will not dim the light of hope created by the plaque that has brought communities together to tackle racism in all its forms. That vital work continues.
26th April 2022
In a joint statement, the Mayor of West Yorkshire Tracy Brabin, and Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime Alison Lowe OBE, said:
“Hearing the news of this awful theft really saddened and disappointed us that individuals could do such a thing only hours after it was put in place.
“However we agree with Leeds Civic Trust, who helped to organise last night’s special ceremony for the plaque unveiling, that it will not deter us from celebrating and remembering what a historic moment for Leeds and for David Oluwale’s legacy yesterday’s unveiling was.
“We know West Yorkshire Police have launched a hate crime investigation believing this to potentially be a deliberately targeted act.
“We welcome this action and would urge anyone with information to contact the police.
“David’s plaque was and is a continued reminder of our collective responsibilities in calling out racism and promoting diversity. That has only been highlighted even further with this appalling action by thoughtless individuals trying to destroy something that represents everything good about our city.
“We will not let that happen as we both place David’s legacy at the heart of our approach, ensuring that we all learn from the traumas of the past. Equality and Inclusion is at the heart of all we do and that will continue.
“The shadow thrown by this theft will not dim the light of hope created by the plaque that has brought communities together to tackle racism in all its forms. That vital work continues.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Leeds District CID via 101 quoting crime reference 13220222118 or online via www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat.
Information can also be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.