Vandals destroy Captain Sir Tom plaque and Covid memorial flowers

Vandals destroy Captain Sir Tom Moore plaque and trash flowers at Covid memorial as locals slam ‘thoughtless’ yobs behind ‘disgusting’ attack

  • Vandals have ripped out flowers from a wreath placed at a coronavirus memorial
  • A plaque honouring Captain Sir Tom Moore was also damaged in Stoke-on-Trent
  • Local residents have hit out at the ‘thoughtless’ vandals to blame for the damage

A plaque commemorating Captain Sir Tom Moore and flowers at a Covid memorial have been destroyed by vandals.

Flowers laid as part of a wreath to respect the 703 residents of Stoke-on-Trent who died from coronavirus have been ripped out – less than a month after the memorial was unveiled.

While a plaque installed to pay tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore and the charity work he carried out has been vandalised at Fenton Park.

Now, residents have condemned the vandal attack which was discovered yesterday afternoon.

Flowers laid as part of a wreath to respect the 703 residents of Stoke-on-Trent who died from coronavirus have been ripped out – less than a month after the memorial was unveiled

Emma Owen, 40, from Fenton, said: ‘It’s disgusting and disrespectful when people have lost people to coronavirus. I hope they find out who is responsible.

‘We know a few people who have died through Covid-19 and it’s not nice. We should be grateful that the council chose to put a memorial in Fenton Park as it’s good to have it in Fenton.’

While Karen Smith, 60, also from Fenton, said that it was shocking to see how thoughtless some people can be.

She said: ‘We were here when they put the memorial up and I’ve seen quite a few people stop to have a look and talk about it.

‘It’s made us all think and after the last year it was nice to have something like that in the park.

‘Maybe there needs to be some CCTV installed, but that’s a cost to the council.

‘Some people just don’t have any respect for anything. It’s awful and makes you feel like why bother having anything nice.’

Stoke-on-Trent Lord Mayor Ross Irving unveiled the memorial last month to mark 12 months since the start of the first coronavirus lockdown.

The garden of reflection includes a fruit tree and a commemorative plaque to pay tribute to those who have lost their lives to Covid-19.

Pictured: The flower wreath that had been placed at the memorial in Stoke-on-Trent to pay tribute to the 703 residents who died from coronavirus, before the flowers were ripped out by vandals

A bench was also dedicated to healthcare workers and volunteers who had lost their lives working tirelessly in the fight against the virus.

 Fenton resident Eddie Jankowski, 71, said: ‘People have no respect anymore. This is a lovely bench to remember people after the year we have had and it’s a shame that somebody has done this to it.’

Captain Sir Tom Moore earned national recognition during the national lockdown after completing 100 laps of his garden to raise money for the NHS.

Initially hoping to raise £1,000 to help the health service, Captain Sir Tom Moore eventually raised more than £32million.

In recognition of the sizeable contribution the Army veteran made during the pandemic, the Queen awarded him a knighthood on July 17, 2020.

Earlier this year though, Captain Tom’s death was announced after having contracted coronavirus while being treated for pneumonia.

Speaking about the damage done to Captain Tom’s plaque, Annah Williams, 34, said: ‘The plaque with Captain Tom on being destroyed is horrible, I can’t believe it, it’s awful.

‘This was a nice place for people to come. We come here every day and always see people having a look around.’

How Captain Sir Tom’s heroic actions boosted Britain amid lockdown 

Sir Captain Tom Moore hoped to raise £1,000 for the NHS, but ended up capturing the hearts of the nation. 

Here’s how 100 laps around his garden became a knighthood…

April 2020 The army veteran begins fundraising in the hope of raising £1,000 for the NHS amid the coronavirus pandemic. He wants to walk 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday on April 30.  

April 14 More than £2million is donated.

April 15 The total rises to £7million as more than 340,000 people show their support. 

April 16  He completes his 100 laps – meaning he walked an average of six laps a day – and reveals he’s going to keep going to raise as much as possible. Both the Prime Minister and the Royal Family congratulate him. 

April 24  Sir Captain Tom is the oldest person ever to reach Number One in the Top 40 Charts with his cover of You’ll Never Walk Alone. He performs it alongside singer Michael Ball and The NHS Voices of Care Choir.

April 30 The fundraising page hits £32million on his 100th birthday. He is made an honorary colonel and enjoys a military flypast. 

July 17 The Queen awards him a knighthood in a special engagement.

September He writes bestselling autobiography Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day and signs a deal to film a biopic of his life. 

October 5 – Captain Tom starts a podcast to tackle isolation among Britain’s elderly. 

December  He ticks a holiday to Barbados off his bucket list. 

January 31, 2021 He is admitted to hospital amid an intense battle with pneumonia, his family reveal. 

February 2, 2021 Sir Captain Tom’s death is announced days after he tests positive for coronavirus. 


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