East Tilbury war memorial vandalised just weeks after £14k revamp celebrated

Thurrock Gazette: New slabs at the memorial were torn up and smashed New slabs at the memorial were torn up and smashed

VANDALS have targeted East Tilbury war memorial.

They left four slabs – put down last year during a £14,000 refurbishment of the Bata memorial – shattered on the ground and litter strewn around.

Rob Lay, a Chadwell St Mary resident, who attended a rededication service at the memorial in April, came across the broken paving stones on Sunday.

He said: “Shocked and disgusted – that’s how I feel at the sad state of the Bata East Tilbury WorldWar Two memorial.”

Sue Little, a Conservative ward councillor for Bulphan, said: “I’m absolutely disgusted at what has happened down at the warmemorial.”

The Bata Reminiscence and Resource Centre has worked hard to restore the memorial.

The revamp saw new plaques fixed to the memorial, paving around it replaced and the granite stones which make up its structure given a deep clean.

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2:01pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Paul_Grays says...

If you know anything about whom done this then PLEASE report them. Such a disgusting level of respect makes to shudder to think how they treat other people and the community around them.
If you know anything about whom done this then PLEASE report them. Such a disgusting level of respect makes to shudder to think how they treat other people and the community around them. Paul_Grays
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7:25pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Mick P says...

fit cctv,then if caught beat the c**p out of them,or give them to me and other ex servicemen to deal with,they wont do it again,believe me
fit cctv,then if caught beat the c**p out of them,or give them to me and other ex servicemen to deal with,they wont do it again,believe me Mick P
  • Score: 6

12:22am Fri 20 Jun 14

d_2da_ougle says...

have you ever tried picking up a paving slab that has been properlly concreted into the ground not condoning the actions of the mindless individual but the workmen have not fixed these as securly as they should of been just my opnion
have you ever tried picking up a paving slab that has been properlly concreted into the ground not condoning the actions of the mindless individual but the workmen have not fixed these as securly as they should of been just my opnion d_2da_ougle
  • Score: 3

10:45am Fri 20 Jun 14

satman says...

this is not a one off it is happening all over it breaks my heart as if it was not for them that gave there lives for us we would not be free today
shame on who ever did this and if the are caught the full force of the law should come down on them so others who do this sort of thing will think twice
this is not a one off it is happening all over it breaks my heart as if it was not for them that gave there lives for us we would not be free today shame on who ever did this and if the are caught the full force of the law should come down on them so others who do this sort of thing will think twice satman
  • Score: 3

11:25am Fri 20 Jun 14

woodsider says...

the fact is if it wasnt for those servicemen the memorial remembers, the person who committed this act would be living under a regime where any social disorder would be punishable by, at the very least, corporal punishment and probably far worse. Even in a modern country like Singapore this act could attract a punishment of both a caning and a jail sentence. Brits needed to be reminded from an early age that, with freedom, come responsibility.
the fact is if it wasnt for those servicemen the memorial remembers, the person who committed this act would be living under a regime where any social disorder would be punishable by, at the very least, corporal punishment and probably far worse. Even in a modern country like Singapore this act could attract a punishment of both a caning and a jail sentence. Brits needed to be reminded from an early age that, with freedom, come responsibility. woodsider
  • Score: 4

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