Vandals trash Sir Tom Moore plaque at Covid memorial

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Vandals have trashed a Captain Sir Tom Moore plaque at a memorial to others who lost their lives during the Covid-10 coronavirus pandemic, just days after it was erected.

Residents have have condemned the vandalism discovered in Fenton Park in Stoke-on-Trent yesterday afternoon.

Flowers were been ripped out of a wreath laid as a mark of respect to the 703 Stoke-on-Trent residents who died with coronavirus – and plaque honouring Captain Sir Tom was also damaged, reports Stoke On Trent Live.

A plaque a featuring a quote from Captain Sir Tom Moore has been “destroyed”, say residents.

Anna Williams, aged 34, told Stoke On Trent Live : “The plaque with Captain Tom on being destroyed is horrible, I can’t believe it, it’s awful.

“This was a nice place for people to come. We come here every day and always see people having a look around.”




Emma Owen said: “It’s disgusting and disrespectful when people have lost people to coronavirus. I hope they find out who is responsible.

Karen Smith, aged 60, added: “It’s shocking how people can be so thoughtless. I don’t understand why somebody would do that sort of thing.

“Some people just don’t have any respect for anything. It’s awful and makes you feel like why bother having anything nice.”

The memorial garden features a fruit tree and a commemorative plaque.

The Second World War veteran Captain Sir Tom raised more than £32 million for the NHS by walking laps of his garden, but died at Bedford Hospital on February 2 after testing positive for Covid-19.

A celebration of Captain Sir Tom Moore’s life is to take place on April 30, on what would have been his 101st birthday, his daughter has said.

Hannah Ingram-Moore said the aim was to make the event one that people in the UK and around the world could get involved in and would “celebrate his generosity of spirit, the hope and joy he brought to millions and his sense of fun”.

In a statement posted on her father’s official Twitter account, she said: “I would like to say an enormous thank you for the continuing support and compassion we’ve been shown over the last few weeks. It is helping us through a very difficult period.

“On Saturday we were able to give my father a fitting send-off adhering to his wishes in every way. We played music he loved, spoke words that filled us with joy and the addition of full military honours would have had him bursting with pride.”

She added: “So many of you have asked what will be done to commemorate the life and spirit of my father Captain Tom and we’ve had some amazing suggestions. The Captain Tom Foundation will be celebrating his life on what would have been his 101st birthday.”



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