He told Horncastle News: “I am deeply saddened that, after much work by a great number of people to commemorate the end of the First World War and to provide the commemorative bench as a lasting memorial, its installation has been mistreated in such a way.
“I can only hope those responsible will learn to appreciate that the bench was placed there to commemorate the sacrifices made by so many during the First World War.”
Last month, the Metropolitan Police launched an investigation after a war memorial and a statue of Sir Winston Churchill were vandalised in London.
White paint was thrown over the Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park on January 21 – the fourth time in six years the bronze statues have been vandalised.
Former Dambuster Squadron Leader George “Johnny” Johnson, 97, said: “What a disgrace – such mindless vandalism.
“How disrespectful to the nearly 58,000 people who gave their lives so that these thugs have the freedom to carry out such acts. I hope they are caught soon, and suitably punished.”
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