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Captain Sir Tom Moore memorial wrecked by vandals days after it was unveiled

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Locals were left ‘disgusted’ after discovering the damage yesterday afernoon (Picture: BPM/Reuters)

Vandals have trashed a coronavirus memorial and a plaque honouring NHS fundraising hero Captain Sir Tom Moore just days after they were unveiled.

Flowers have been ripped out of a wreath laid for the 703 Stoke-on-Trent residents who have lost their lives to Covid-19.

Thugs also damaged a plaque within the Fenton park memorial for Sir Tom, who raised more than £30million for the health service by completing 100 laps of his garden before dying with the virus in February.

Emma Owen, 40, from Fenton, 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, 60, added: ‘It’s shocking how people can be so thoughtless. I don’t understand why somebody would do that sort of thing.

Flowers were ripped out of a wreath for Stoke-on-Trent’s 703 Covid victims (Picture: BPM Media)
Captain Sir Tom Moore raised more than £30million for the NHS before his death in February (Picture: Reuters)

‘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 last month to mark 12 months since the start of the first coronavirus lockdown.

The garden of reflection includes a fruit tree and a commemorative plaque to pay tribute to those who have lost their lives to Covid-19.

Locals say it’s ‘shocking how people can be so thoughtless’ (Picture: BPM Media)
Vandals wrecked a plaque in memory of World War Two veteran Sir Tom (Picture: BPM Media)

A bench was also dedicated to healthcare workers and volunteers who had lost their lives working tirelessly in the fight against the virus.

Fellow Fenton resident Eddie Jankowski, aged 71, said: ‘People have no respect anymore. This is a lovely bench to remember people after the year we have had and it’s a shame that somebody has done this to it.’

Annah Williams, 34, added: ‘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.’

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