A WOMAN has spoken of her disgust after three memorial plaques were stolen from benches on Bridgwater and Taunton canal path.

Emma Sears was walking along the canal path on Sunday (October 21) when she saw a man measuring a bench and he told her the plaques had been stolen.

Images show rectangles of discoloured wood have been left on the benches in place of tributes to residents’ loved ones.

"I think it is shocking that someone could be so low," Emma said.

"The man I met on the path was taking measurements down to get the plaque replaced.

"It was a dedication to his wife and is practically worthless to anyone but it is of huge sentimental value to these poor families.

"I feel for the families who have been affected, it is disgusting thing for someone to do."

The County Gazette has contacted Taunton Deane Borough Council for a comment.