November 28, 2022

Mindless vandals burn Derby war memorial bench and poppy wreaths

The group that maintains Derby’s War Memorial Village have been left distraught after a bench to commemorate the dead appeared to have been melted by a disposable barbecue. Villagers also believe poppy wreaths were damaged in the incident, calling it shameful, disgusting and disrespectful.

Founded in 1949, Derby’s War Memorial Village helps provide a home for people with disabilities who have served in the armed forces. But villagers were left distraught earlier today after discovering the bench had been damaged on the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War.

Initially, the bench, at Shelton Lock, was thought to have suffered no permanent damage and was just littered with ash. But on closer inspection, it turned out that the resin had melted.

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A spokesperson for War Memorial Village Derby said: “Really disappointed that someone decided to have a BBQ on one of our memorial benches. Ross and Harvey did their best to clean the bench and floor At first glance, it looked like there was no permanent damage.

“Unfortunately after removing the ashes it became apparent that the resin floor had been burned. Unfortunately melted red and green plastic was also found suggesting poppy wreaths had been burned. If anyone has any information, please call 101 or message us here in confidence. Ross and Harvey are planning to repair the damage, this may take some time as we are unsure of the cost of the repair.”

The damaged bench.

The War Memorial Village is just one of the villages dedicated to disabled or injured veterans. In 2019, HRH Princess Anne the Princess Royal visits the village to commemorate her 70th birthday. Residents have expressed their anger over the wanton destruction of the bench.

Karen Daykin said: “Very disappointing and especially on the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War, although I doubt they even know or care.”

Margaret Woodbridge said: ‘Absolutely awful and so disrespectful hopefully some of the houses nearby have CCTV which may have picked up something.’

Gary Palmer said: “Shameful, disgusting and disrespectful. People these days have no respect. Some kids are dragged around and their parents don’t get better. I hope these people are arrested and made to pay for the damages they caused.”