British Legion outraged at attack on war memorial

Colin Muir (parks team leader) next to the Memorial Clock in the Memorial Park, Horden
Colin Muir (parks team leader) next to the Memorial Clock in the Memorial Park, Horden

VANDALS who smashed a war memorial using a golf ball have been branded “disgusting” by British Legion officials.

The attack happened on the war monument clock in Memorial Park in Sunderland Road, Horden.

Horden woman Sheila Emmerson, secretary of the Peterlee branch, which covers Horden, said: “It’s just disgusting, especially at this time of year when we are commemorating all those that went in the First and Second World Wars.

“Why can’t people leave things alone? Hopefully someone will have seen something.”

The clock, encased in the top of the monument, is thought to be dedicated to those who fought in both World Wars.

The monument, where the village lays down wreaths as it pays its respects to war dead, was attacked between Saturday morning and Sunday morning.

The vandal attack has left the ball lodged in the clock face after it smashed through the plastic protective cover.

It is thought the yobs may have also caused damage to the clock’s mechanism, with the repair operation to involve scaffolding being put up by a specialist team as they carry out an assessment, take away parts and carry out repairs.

It is not known if the ball was stuck at the clock with a club or thrown.

The cost of restoring the piece will be passed on to taxpayers, as it is looked after by Horden Parish Council, with the amount to run into more than £2,000.

Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the park over the weekend is asked to contact PC Dave Thompson, of Peterlee Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.