Fury as 'disgraceful' vandals decapitate Tommy silhouette statue honouring soldiers who fought in WW110/23/2020
WATFORD residents were left furious after "disgraceful" vandals decapitated a silhouette statue honouring soldiers who fought in WW1.
It is one of several "Lest We Forget" monuments installed in Watford, Hertfordshire.
Resident Paul Johnson, 59 was shocked when he came across the decapitated statue at around midday yesterday.
He said: "It's disgraceful. I just could not believe what I saw to be honest.
"It's a statue of our country's liberty and someone has sawn the head off it which is quite intimidating to some people.
"There's a lot of things going on in this world at the moment and I know people will say it's only a statue.
"But with respect, my dad, my two uncles and both my grandad's fought in the war to keep this country safe – then you get this kind of thing happening and I just find it despicable.
"It's happened elsewhere in the town too but I haven't seen that one."
Members of The Royal British Legion are said to be "greatly disturbed" by the attack on a monument which honours all members of the Armed Forces.
A spokesperson said: "The Royal British Legion is greatly disturbed to hear of the damage to the Lest We Forget statue in Bushey Mill Lane.
"War memorials and graves honour the memory of every member of the Armed Forces who has made the ultimate sacrifice and deserve to be treated with the utmost respect."
Police are investigating and Watford Borough Council is aware of the incident.
Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: "The vandalisation of the Tommy memorial is unbelievably sad, extremely disrespectful and completely unacceptable.
"We are aware of this dreadful incident and so are the police, who are urgently looking into it.
"The council takes vandals damaging poignant memorials in our town very seriously and we will replace them as quickly as possible.
"The purpose of the memorials is to educate all generations about the sacrifices made by many in conflicts and to raise funds to help those suffering from the hidden wounds of war.
"It is a project that the council have supported since 2018 and one that is close to many people's hearts.
"I'm sure everyone in Watford is as appalled and distressed by this as I am."
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