Drunken thugs trashed WWI me­mo­rial gar­den

Daily Express - - Waging War On Loneliness - By Chris Riches

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.

Pic­tures: CAVENDISH

Trashed gar­den with the sil­hou­ette ‘Tommy’. In­set, from left, Hall, Hart, Taylor and McBurnie and, above, the quar­tet leav­ing court

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