Vandals who damaged a tree which was planted as a wartime memorial have been branded sick and mindless.
It is believed that the culprits snapped the tree in Amble at the end of last week – around the same time as the D-Day commemorations.
The tree was one of two to be planted on Lawson Street in 2005, to honour the 60th anniversary of Victory in Europe and Victory over Japan Days.
Former Amble Mayor, Audrey Jones, contacted the Gazette to express her disgust after finding out about the vandalism.
She said: “It is so sad that someone could have the sickness in their head as to cause such an act of sheer vandalism, especially at a time when a wreath was placed on the town’s war memorial to commemorate D-Day.”
Shockingly, it is not the first time that one of the trees, donated by Co-operative Funeralcare, has been snapped.
One was damaged shortly after being unveiled in 2005 and had to be replaced.
Speaking of the latest act of destruction, frustrated Audrey added: “The tree has been deliberately vandalised so spoiling the spot in memory of those brave men who gave their lives for future generations and world peace.”
She has urged anyone with information to contact police.
Current Mayor, Coun Craig Weir, added: “It seems synonymous with the sign of the times that certain elements of society will conduct acts of vandalism when other elements are trying to do preservation.”