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Vandals target war memorial ahead of Remembrance Sunday

By Megan Archer | Dudley | Crime | Published:

A poignant memorial board created for the fallen in the First World War has been destroyed by vandals – just days before Remembrance Day.

DUDLEY COPYRIGHT EXPRESS&STAR TIM THURSFIELD 05/11/19.The damaged notice board at Grazebrook War Memorial Park, Dudley...

The Friends of Buffery Park have been “left reeling” after the sudden attack on Grazebrook Memorial Park in Dudley.

The park had recently been renovated after a £60,000 investment from various groups, which took the Friends three years to complete.

One of the three memorial noticeboards has been destroyed, with the glass smashed and the poster torn to shreds.

It is believed it was targeted on Thursday night.

The board detailed the history of the park, and the vandalism has left the Friends members angry and saddened – especially as volunteers were due to gather here this weekend to remember the fallen local heroes.

Friends chairman Stephen Briscoe said: “We are all very angry. It is beyond repair and we are devastated, especially leading up to Remembrance Sunday.”

The renovation, which was compete this year, saw footpaths improved, new seating installed, as well as new signs and entrance points, all funded by The Friends of Buffery Park, with grants from The War Memorial Trust and Veolia.

Mr Briscoe said the memorial service will go along as planned on Sunday. People have been asked to gather at the park in Grazebrook Road at 9am.

Megan Archer

By Megan Archer
Chief Reporter - @MeganA_Star

Chief Reporter with the Express & Star. Give me a call on 01902 319363 or email megan.archer@expressandstar.co.uk.

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