Plea over wave of Wrexham village vandal attacks

Published date: 14 April 2010 |
Published by: Phil Robinson
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A MEMORIAL honouring a village’s war heroes is being ravaged by repeated vandal attacks.

Over the past few months, yobs have mounted a series of raids on the war memorial in Plas Kynaston Lane, Cefn Mawr.

Cefn Mawr Community Council clerk Rhona Roberts said until this week the damage had mainly been concentrated on a staircase in the garden at the side of the memorial, with stone steps being chipped away and broken.

But last Thursday night the attacks took a new turn when a heavy stone plinth on top of one of the ornamental brick pillars behind the memorial was lifted out of place and smashed on the ground.

Mrs Roberts said: “At the start of last month, we had to pay out £190 to repair the damage that had been done on the staircase.

“Now, after the latest incident when the plinth was removed and broken, we will have to get new estimates for repairs.

“But putting right something like this is not going to be cheap.”

She added: “We think the damage must have been done late on Thursday evening, as one of the neighbours told us they thought they had heard something going on at about 10.30pm.

“When one of our staff went out next morning, he saw what had been done.

“We keep on reporting the attacks to the police.”

Community council chairman Ken Bathers said: “We are extremely concerned about the continued vandalism that is occurring around the war memorial.

“This is a very special place that should be respected.

“The memorial is to honour those who gave their lives fighting for our country.”

He added: “I urge members of the community to report any vandalism they observe to the police.

“I hope the culprits can be caught because the expensive repairs are a drain on the council’s finances.”

A North Wales Police spokesman said officers were working alongside the council to investigate.

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  1. Posted by: slparry at 09:15 on 14 April 2010 Report

    Whenever the public phone the police about youngsters vandalising property they never respond so I hope no one in Cefn Mawr is expecting any results from them

  2. Posted by: GBoycott at 12:40 on 14 April 2010 Report

    The scumbags, no respect whatsoever, i really really hope someone gives them a hiding. The poster above is right though, you have to phone a burglary or worse just to get the police out.

  3. Posted by: Roland Cleth at 13:01 on 14 April 2010 Report

    Can't help but refer back to the recent situation in Connahs Quay where they had problems, until the police...shock horror....started patrolling, and that seemed to resolve the matters.

  4. Posted by: eveningreader at 14:26 on 14 April 2010 Report

    Can a CCTV camera be installed?

  5. Posted by: BigAshD at 16:22 on 14 April 2010 Report

    Put a soldier on guard to leather the little vandals - they might think twice in future

  6. Posted by: wrexham-gal at 17:08 on 15 April 2010 Report

    Where are the youth workers? There is a whole team of youth work staff in this area, why are they not engaging these young people? Seems to me, they get their money for playing on pool-tables all nitght. Get some quality youth work done with thse kids....then it will stop!

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