PARISH council chiefs have hit out after mindless yobs targeted a war memorial.
Bosses at Horden Parish Council have blasted youths who peeled paint from the memorial in the village’s Memorial Park and trampled on flower beds near to it.
Councillor Mary Clark, vice-chairman of the parish council’s parks and cemetery committee, said: “I think it’s disgusting that mindless vandals would desecrate and spoil the village’s war memorial.
“The people of Horden are very proud of the men and women who have given their lives for their country and to see their memory treated in such a disrespectful way is appalling.
“I hope the culprits are caught as soon as possible.”
Parish council clerk Paul Davison said the damage may have been “superficial” but the cost was higher in terms of “emotional damage to the village”.
The 1953-built sandstone memorial is the village’s focus for the annual Remembrance Sunday event and is one of Horden’s most prominent landmarks.
Mr Davison said: “It’s a very emotive subject and quite a shock.”
Peterlee Police are investigating the vandalism of the 15ft obelisk, which is situated between Park Terrace and Blackhills Terrace.
The incident took place around 6pm on July 21.
The damage has since been repaired by council maintenance staff.
A Durham Police spokesman said: “Inquiries are ongoing to trace the suspects.”
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Peterlee Police on 0345 6060365 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.