A memorial to Captain Sir Tom Moore has been destroyed by some unknown heartless vandals in a park.
They also attacked a memorial paying tribute to hundreds of coronavirus victims just days after it was unveiled, reports Stoke-on-Trent Live. The act has been largely condemned by people living near the park, which is in the Fenton area of the city.
Emma Owen, 40, said, “It’s disgusting and disrespectful when people have lost people to coronavirus. I hope they find out who is responsible.
“We know a few people who have died through Covid-19 and it’s not nice. We should be grateful that the council chose to put a memorial in Fenton Park as it’s good to have it in Fenton.”
Karen Smith, aged 60, said, “It’s shocking how people can be so thoughtless. I don’t understand why somebody would do that sort of thing.
“We were here when they put the memorial up and I’ve seen quite a few people stop to have a look and talk about it.
“It’s made us all think and after the last year it was nice to have something like that in the park.
“Maybe there needs to be some CCTV installed, but that’s a cost to the council.
“Some people just don’t have any respect for anything. It’s awful and makes you feel like why bother having anything nice.”
Stoke-on-Trent Lord Mayor Ross Irving unveiled the memorial to mark 12 months since the start of the first coronavirus lockdown. It pays tribute to the 703 Stoke-on-Trent residents who lost their lives to the flu-like virus.
The garden of reflection included a fruit tree and a commemorative plaque.
It was beside the Captain Sir Tom Moore memorial, which pays tribute to the British Army officer and a national hero who raised money for charity in the run-up to his 100th birthday. He died in Bedford, aged 100, in February this year.
Annah Williams, 34, from Fenton, said: “The plaque with Captain Tom on being destroyed is horrible, I can’t believe it, it’s awful. This was a nice place for people to come. We come here every day and always see people having a look around.”
Initially hoping to raise £1,000 to help the health service, Captain Tom eventually raised more than £32million.
Queen Elizabeth II awarded Captain Tom a knighthood on July 17, 2020. However, the war veteran later contracted coronavirus while he was being treated for pneumonia.