A new war memorial in Bradford to the 29 servicemen and women killed since the end of the Second World War will be officially unveiled today.
The ceremony in the city's memorial garden will be three years to the day when one of those honoured . Private Martin Bell, was killed in an explosion in Afghanistan after going back to rescue a badly injured colleague.
Private Bell, who was a police community support officer in the Worth Valley before joining the Parachute Regiment, was awarded a posthumous George Medal for his bravery.
His mum, Elaine Bell, said: "It's going to be an emotional day for all the families. It's no more our day than theirs, but it just felt especially ironic that it should be on the date that he was killed."
Metal thieves who steal from war memorials are to face tough new penalties, Crime Prevention Minister Jeremy Browne has warned. From next month police will have stronger powers to target rogue traders and stop scrap being sold for cash.
Thefts from war memorials have fallen by two-thirds over the past year, but the War Memorials Trust warned that a worrying number continue to be carried out.
"These thieves show an utter disregard for the memory of the courageous men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country, The Government is determined to stamp out this illegal trade, which in recent years has cast a shadow over Remembrance Sunday for bereaved families. That is why we are reforming the scrap metal industry to support legitimate dealers and tighten the net around those who flout the rules."
– Crime Prevention Minister Jeremy Browne
There are roughly 1,000 metal thefts a week, which cost the country at least £220 million each year. A Scrap Metal Dealer's Bill, tabled by MP Richard Ottoway, is in addition to £5 million provided to the metal theft task force will boost the new powers further.
The powers are intended to stop dealers trading in cash. They will also increase financial penalties under the existing regulation of the scrap metal sector and give police new powers of entry to tackle illegal trading.
"It is always distressing when attacks on war memorials take place, but particularly so at this time of year when communities gather for their Remembrance Services and the importance of memorials and the names on them are so poignant. "New laws must be supported by effective enforcement. That is why I welcome the success by the police in bringing thieves to justice. We are now seeing significant reductions in metal crime across the UK."
Captain Lisa Head is the first of a number of local heroes to have their names inscribed on war memorials around Huddersfield. The 29 year old, from Almondbury died in hospital after she was caught in an explosion as she tried to defuse a bomb.
Today a rededication service will take place at All Hallows Church in her hometown.Kirklees Council will hold rededication ceremonies for other soldiers who lost their lives during service.
Private Anthony Frampton, who was one of six soldiers to be killed in Afghanistan by a roadside bomb, will have a service in his honour on Remembrance Sunday. The war memorial in Longwood will be rededicated to him.
Private Daniel Wilford, who died alongside his colleague Private Frampton, will have a service in his honour on Rembrance Sunday also, and the war memorial in Slaithwaite will be rededicated to him. His commanding officer described him as 'a thoroughly honest and dedicated infantryman'.
The parents of a soldier from Chesterfield killed in Afghanistan have unveiled a plaque in his honour. Private Ben Ford was just 18 when he died in 2007. Until now his name, along with those who died in the Second World War, was missing from his local war memorial.