Anger as Chesterton Park war memorial attacked by vandals
VANDALS have attacked a war memorial less than two weeks before Remembrance Sunday.
Blue paint was thrown at the memorial in Chesterton Park, obscuring the names of local men who died serving their country.
The vandalism comes as community groups in the area prepare for Chesterton’s annual remembrance service, which takes place in the park.
Residents have condemned the attack.
David Dean, of Castle Street, Chesterton, said: “This is totally disrespectful to those who died serving their country.
“The paint even covers some of the names that have been engraved on the memorial.
“It’s absolutely disgusting. Something needs to be done about these vandals.”
Lilian Barker, from Tintern Place, was working at the One Stop Shop in London Road when she heard what had happened.
She said: “A gentleman came in to buy a poppy and let us know someone had thrown paint over the memorial.
“I’m absolutely devastated. I’ve not got the words to say how I feel.
“These people gave their lives up for their country and we’ve got yobs doing this. It’s disgusting.”
David Scott, aged 40, of Wright Avenue, was also shocked.
He said: “I’m disgusted that someone, or some people, have done that.
“Bearing in mind what the memorial should mean to people, and that individuals have lost their lives for us to have the freedom we have got, I’m really disappointed that it has been vandalised.”
Staff from Newcastle Borough Council were at the park yesterday to try and clean up the memorial.
Steve Middlehurst, the authority’s community manager for operations, said: “The park rangers have now cleaned the area near to the war memorial.
“The council disapproves of behaviour like this and wishes to minimise any distress caused by this act of vandalism”.
Borough councillor Hilda Johnson said she hoped the culprits were found.
“I’m appalled,” she said.
“I always go to the Chesterton service and there is always a good turnout.
“Whoever has done it should be ashamed of themselves.”
Staffordshire Police said officers would be investigating the damage.
A spokesman said: “We have been made aware of possible criminal damage at the park.
“Officers are now making inquiries into this. Anyone with information is asked to contact us.”
Anyone with information should call Staffordshire Police on 101.