A Captain Sir Tom Moore memorial has been trashed by vandals weeks after being constructed.
The plaque, which was placed in Fenton Park, Stoke-on-Trent, displays a quote from the 100-year-old who raised millions of pounds for the NHS last year by walking laps of his garden.
Residents have been left outraged, with one local dubbing it ‘disgusting and disrespectful’.
They told Stoke-on-Trent Live: “It’s disgusting and disrespectful when people have lost people to coronavirus. I hope they find out who is responsible.
“We know a few people who have died through COVID-19 and it’s not nice. We should be grateful that the council chose to put a memorial in Fenton Park as it’s good to have it in Fenton.”
Another resident told the outlet: “People have no respect anymore. This is a lovely bench to remember people after the year we have had and it’s a shame that somebody has done this to it.”
Captain Sir Tom Moore died earlier this year after a short battle with coronavirus.
His devastated family then spoke out about how they had hidden ‘horrific’ trolling from him before he passed away.
The war veteran took a holiday to Barbados in the middle of the pandemic which sparked lots of ‘hateful’ comments from trolls.
His daughter, Hannah Ingram-Moore, said: “We never told him because I don’t think he could have ever understood it.
“I think it would have broken his heart honestly if we’d said to him people are hating us.”
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