‘There’s no respect left anymore’: Devastation after vandals destroy Great Yarmouth Tommy statues

Vandals in Great Yarmouth have destroyed four commemorative Tommy statues, honouring those who died in the First World War, just 48 hours after they were installed.

All 10 of the silhouette figures that were placed around the town on Wednesday as part of the national remembrance campaign have now been removed because of fears of further attacks.

The perspex outlines of soldiers are a symbolic reminder of the men and women who sacrificed their lives during wartime, but were found on Friday morning smashed into pieces.

“In 1914, young people were queuing up, and lying about their age so that they could serve their country. Now, it seems all they want to do is destroy it. There’s no respect left anymore,” Irene Williams from the Royal British Legion said.

“For your tomorrow, they gave their today. It is as simple as that. So why disrespect them?

“It’s very sad indeed for Great Yarmouth. But we can fight back, and we will.”

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