War memorial flowers stolen by 'despicable' thieves

PUBLISHED: 16:18 29 June 2009 | UPDATED: 16:03 11 May 2010

CALLOUS thieves stole flowers from a war memorial as a village prepared to mark Armed Forces Day. The flowers were taken from the Fowlmere War Memorial at some time between 6pm last Thursday and 8am on Friday, 48 hours before the inaugural Armed Forces Da

CALLOUS thieves stole flowers from a war memorial as a village prepared to mark Armed Forces Day.

The flowers were taken from the Fowlmere War Memorial at some time between 6pm last Thursday and 8am on Friday, 48 hours before the inaugural Armed Forces Day, which has been set up to remember previous, current, and future service men and women.

Cllr Deborah Roberts, who represents Fowlmere on South Cambridgeshire District Council, said: "I can't believe that people would sink this low, this is sickening behaviour.

"The people responsible need to take a long, hard, look at themselves. Didn't they have grandfathers who served in the war? It's despicable.

"A lot of people in the village are shocked by this, these people must have no morals or no conscience," she said.

The Fowlmere memorial was recently hit by a car, which broke the permanent, concrete planters. However, a temporary, plastic one had been put in place, together with new flowers, which are tended to by a villager, Tony Deans.

Mr Deans said: "They were probably only worth £20 - £25, but it's the principle of the thing really.

"My wife and I probably go down there every day in this hot weather to water them and keep it looking nice. We've had all the flowers stolen once before, but we got them back that time.

"I'm not sure we'll get these back, but hopefully the thieves are feeling guilty about what they've done," he said.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact Cambridgeshire Police on 0345 456 4564 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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