Vandals 'behead' statues of fallen war heroes in Essex

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Policing are hunting vandals who damaged statues recognising fallen war heroes.

The Tommy Silhouettes were vandalised at Purfleet Garrison Community Centre between 8pm on Friday and 10am the next day.

The statues were ripped from their stands and others were broken.

The statues were put in place to commemorate those who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars.

Chief Inspector Natalia Ross, Essex Police

Neighbourhood watch co-ordinator Lisa Wright said she was “angered, disappointed and sad” when she saw the vandalism, and has raised £300 to replace them through a fundraising page.

One row of soldiers has been ripped from its fixings and discarded and vandalised on the floor, and the other row have been beheaded.

Lisa Wright, Neighbourhood watch co-ordinator

Local Labour councillor Qaisar Abbas said he has donated £60 to the fundraiser and reported the vandalism to the police and Thurrock Council.

This is unbelievably sad and unacceptable. I have reported this to the police and I hope anyone who knows anything will come forward.

Qaisar Abbas, Labour councillor

Anyone with information is asked to call Grays police station on 101 quoting crime reference 42/76981/20.