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Memorial to Queen Elizabeth vandalised

A memorial in Worcester has been vandalised after a plaque, created in honour of Her Majesty The Queen, was removed.

Worcester City Council believes that the plaque was ripped out of the ground sometime on Thursday, 10 August.

The plaque was found nearby in the park stream and has since been collected by the council.

The plaque was next to an oak tree which was planted to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee. The Royal British Legion fitted the plaque in Gheluvelt Park, which was built to remember those who died in the First World War.

Worcester News reports that Councillor Andry Ward, who represents the area where the incident took place on the council, said that “it’s pretty outrageous.”

The Councillor added, “It’s an act of disrespect to the monarchy. There should be a bit of respect for the head of state.

“It’s a beautiful park, and it is there for the whole community. This isn’t the first time people have done mindless activities.”

Councillor Ward accepted that people have different views of the Royal Family but noted that the removal of the plaque was disrespectful to those who support the institution.

The Royal British Legion said: “The legion was shocked and saddened to hear of this incident of vandalism on a plaque dedicated to Her Majesty the Queen – our patron.

“They deserve to be treated with the utmost respect, and we are happy that the plaque has been reinstated.”

A spokesman for the Worcester City Council said: “It is very disappointing to see that vandals have attacked a tribute to Her Majesty The Queen made by the Royal British Legion.”

The spokesman also said the council was looking to get the plaque repaired and put back on display as soon as possible.

It is currently unknown who removed the plaque.

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