CRITICISM has been levelled at yobs who wrecked a Kirkby memorial bench, with a £500 reward offered for information on those culpable.
‘The Warriors Bench’, which is based in Kirkby’s Kingsway Park honours the memory of Rifleman Adrian Sheldon who was killed in Afghanistan in May 2009.
But between the afternoon of Saturday 19th May and the following morning, vandals scratched, dented and marked the memorial after attacking it with rocks and small boulders.
The brass plaque attached to the bench, enscribed with Adrian’s name, rank and regiment, was also damaged and a rockery of plants around the bench was vandalised.
Malcolm Scothern, chairman of the Queen’s Lancers Regimental Association, East Midlands branch, helped oversee the placing of the bench and is determined that those who caused the damage are punished.
“I appreciate how hard it is for the police to track down these people so our members have agreed to offer a reward to help jog people’s memories, or maybe the vandals will have a conscience and come forward,” he said.
“This is a man who has given his life for his country and helped make a better life for this community, but this is how his memory is treated.
“We need to put a stop to things like this, and there should be stiffer sentences for those who vandalise war memorials and monuments.”
Adrian’s mum Dianne Sheldon said she feels devastated that her son’s memorial bench has been damaged.
“It feels heartbreaking and it made me feel sick, Adrian is well known around here, he lived in the community and fought for his country but there seems to be no respect,” she said.
“The vandals do not have any idea of the consequences or the people they are hurting.”
Anyone with information should call PC Mick Powers at Nottinghamshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.