Vandals in second attack on forces’ memorial at Sutton Bridge

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Vandals have wrecked signs for Britain’s armed forces in the community commemorative wood at Sutton Bridge.

It’s the second incident this year at the peaceful spot in Arnie Broughton Walk that is dedicated to those who have lost their lives in past or present day conflicts – and those who have served their country or are on active service now.

The aluminium-backed signs were marked for the respective forces, the Navy, Army and RAF, and Sutton Bridge Parish Council chairman Coun John Grimwood said it looks as though they were repeatedly bent backwards and forwards until they snapped.

The damage is heartbreaking for the volunteers who spent many months planning the wood, but Coun Grimwood says it will be much more hurtful for residents who have lost loved ones while serving their country.

Coun Grimwood, who visited the spot with police on Friday to survey the damage, said: “I think it’s absolutely disgusting because the wood is there as a tribute to people in conflicts past and present – I think it shows a great deal of disrespect to those people.”

• In February, the sign declaring the purpose of the wood had bricks thrown at it and was pushed over. That sign bore the insignia of Britain’s armed forces. Coun Grimwood is again offering a £50 reward for information leading to a conviction. Anyone with information should call police on 101.

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How could they do this to new services’ memorial at Sutton Bridge?