Drunken thugs trashed WWI memorial garden
FOUR teenagers who trashed a World War One remembrance garden including a metal commemorative “Tommy” have been identified.
The feral 18-year-olds ripped out plants, trampled flowers beds and kicked and bent the silhouetted soldier statue.
Lewis Hall, Lewis Hart, Jordan Taylor and Elliott McBurnie all admitted committing criminal damage in Rochdale on September 1.
Manchester magistrates court heard CCTV showed the yobs, one a criminology undergraduate, going berserk in the town centre garden.
The steel soldier silhouettes were erected ahead of November’s 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War.
At Thursday’s court hearing, prosecutor Karen Saffman explained how police were told of the 5am vandalism by CCTV operators.
Trashed garden with the silhouette ‘Tommy’. Inset, from left, Hall, Hart, Taylor and McBurnie and, above, the quartet leaving court