A HISTORIC plaque has disappeared from Beacon Point and is presumed stolen.
Paul Lea, a self- employed landscape developer, discovered the plaque was missing on December 8 while out with his family.
Paul said: "I was out with my kids with the metal detector, as we like going out at the week ends looking for things in the woods, when we came across where the plaque would have been, but it was missing.”
The plaque was added to Beacon Point to commemorate the life of Thomas Meadows, after his wife, Florence, donated 17 acres of his land to the Wigan corporation in 1962 on his wishes. The plaque was added in 1966, shortly after Florence passed away.
Mr Meadows told Florence he wanted to donate the land on the condition that it remained a public park and not built on.
The Wigan Corporation promised not to use the land for waste or landfill, or for the expansion of Skelmersdale.
West Lancashire council are concerned and want the plaque returned as soon as possible.
They are encouraging anyone with any knowledge about the whereabouts of the plaque to contact them on 01695 577177