Brick-throwing vandals trashed part of a new memorial to service personnel in a few moments of madness.
It took three long years for volunteers to create the Commemorative Community Wood in Arnie Broughton Walk at Sutton Bridge and now they, and their community, are reeling in shock that anyone could damage it.
A sign declaring the purpose of the picnic area had bricks thrown at it, tipping it over, just three months after the wood opened with a November dedication service.
The sign, complete with insignia of Britain’s three main services, says the area “is available for use by anyone wishing to recognise and remember the sacrifices faced by the Armed Forces Community, and to consider the issues affecting our Armed Forces today”.
Parish council chairman John Grimwood, a member of the Friends of Sutton Bridge Open Spaces who created the area, is offering a £50 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person or people responsible.
He said: “They have thrown bricks at the sign and pushed it over. The sign was put there for everybody to commemorate sacrifices made by our sailors, soldiers and air force personnel – not just in the past but now. Some people have no respect at all. We have got to stamp out this vandalism.”
Anyone with information can call police on 101.