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Volunteers took Taunton tribute plaques down in error

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: January 05, 2013

Amy Hofmeister was killed by a driver last year

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Plaques which commemorated people from Somerset who have died in road accidents or in violent circumstances have been removed by mistake, it has emerged.

The plaques, which were attached to trees in Taunton town centre, were removed on Boxing Day without permission. A police investigation began, but it has now emerged that Britain in Bloom organisers mistakenly took them down on December 26.

The horticultural group is believed to be helping to put them back up.

The gold, laminated plaques were put up onto trees just before Christmas.

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The plaques were only temporary while permanent ones were being made.

They commemorated people including 13-year-old Amy Hofmeister, who was knocked from her bike and killed in June 2011, and Lily-Mae Jeffries, a five-year-old girl from Taunton who died when she was hit by two motorbikes in Weymouth, Dorset. They also paid tribute to those from 40 Commando Royal Marines who have died in Afghanistan and Lloyd Fouracre, who died in 2005 after a street attack.

Amy’s mother, Jane Hofmeister, said the plaques contained words each individual family had chosen.

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  • davidharris20  |  January 05 2013, 6:21PM

    These placques should not be allowed. There are far more suitable places such as cemetaries, crematorium or designated parks etc. Is the town centre to be turned into individual and personal memorials?