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Vandals rip up poppies and crosses by Grantham town centre war memorial

Ged McKnight sent in this photo showing the area in front of the war memorial in Grantham where poppies and wooden crosses have been removed. S7fzTnwiES499qACJ8VA

Ged McKnight sent in this photo showing the area in front of the war memorial in Grantham where poppies and wooden crosses have been removed. S7fzTnwiES499qACJ8VA

On a day when the country marks the 100th anniversary of British soldiers entering the First World War, poppies and crosses in front of a war memorial in Grantham’s town centre have been ripped up.

Businessman Ged McKnight has taken photos of the now empty spot in front of the memorial in St Peter’s Hill, where wooden crosses were placed on Remembrance Day and where a number of poppies were planted.

Although a post-1945 war memorial, it still honours the fallen, said Mr McKnight.

He added: “I’m heartbroken. Especially today of all days. It’s 100 years ago today that our people crossed the Channel to go to war.

“The fact that this vandalism has been done to something that is in memory of people who have stood up and said ‘I’m going to back this country’ is awful.”

 

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