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‘Prank’ could have led to serious accident on road

Coun Trevor Thorne, parish councillors and members of Shilbottle Community Forum with the new planter.

Coun Trevor Thorne, parish councillors and members of Shilbottle Community Forum with the new planter.

Volunteers working to install a war memorial in a north Northumberland village have hit out at ‘youths who could have caused a serious road accident’.

On Sunday night, a one-ton bag of bark chippings, one of three which had been left in the memorial garden in Shilbottle, was dragged out onto the road, where it was left on a sharp bend at night.

A group which plans to unveil a new war memorial in the village in August, as previously reported in the Gazette, had been working in the area, planting and installing a new planter.

Elisabeth Haddow, secretary of the war memorial committee, said: “It wasn’t a childish prank, it was something that was quite serious.

“We’re worried that all the work we are doing is going to be undone. We have spent hours in the memorial garden and it looks really, really lovely. They haven’t touched the plants, but we are worried that they start to do some damage.”

It’s not the first time that the area has been targeted. Last November, vandals wreaked havoc in the garden, just hours before the village’s Remembrance Sunday commemorations.

Mrs Haddow said there was evidence of those involved on Sunday trying to pull out the seat again and the police have been informed.

She called on residents to contact the police if they heard anything going on.

 

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