A blue plaque in Melton honouring the late comedy and Monty Python legend Graham Chapman has now been confirmed as stolen.
As previously reported by the Melton Times the plaque had been put up 16 years ago at the entrance to Graham’s old school - King Edward VII in Burton Road. The school closed four years ago and the building was boarded up.
Since the inscribed plaque’s mysterious disappearance from the building The Edwardians, a group for ex King Edward VII School pupils, has been investigating.
Secretary Brenda Munton told the newspaper this week: “Following endless research it has now been established this plaque has been stolen.
“Leicestershire County Council have been very helpful, providing a copy of the inventory drawn up when the building closed showing the plaque being in situ. There are also records of phone conversations when they categorically said it would remain unless the building should be demolished, in which case it would be relocated.
“Our members are very upset but we now have to wait for news of the site’s development. A suggestion is that a replacement would be better sited in the town centre where it would be seen and appreciated by those who remember Graham from school days.”
Graham’s friend and co-star, actor Michael Palin, has already hit out at the ‘stupid, selfish’ plaque thief . Last December he unveiled a green plaque, commissioned by County Hall, outside Graham’s family home in Burton Road.
The county council has previously told the Melton Times it has no plans to replace the blue plaque.