Fallen Darwen war tribute repaired

This Is Lancashire: Brett Price and his son Jason with their special lifting gear Brett Price and his son Jason with their special lifting gear

A WAR memorial damaged by ‘mindless’ vandals has been repaired.

Two concrete posts which surround the cenotaph in Darwen’s Bold Venture Park were pushed over last week, causing outrage.

Vandals also sprayed blue paint on memorial benches, obscuring the names of those they paid tribute to.

Blackburn with Darwen Council contacted Cherry Tree-based stonemasons Brent Stevenson Memorials, and the posts were put back in place.

Along with help from Mr Stevenson, workmen from CB Price and Son used a special heavy lifting machine to put the concrete posts back in place.

Mr Stevenson said: “Someone will have a job taking them out again as they have steel dowels down the centre.

“The lifting machine made it easy. I think it would have been a big job without that. We did well to get it done so quickly. It was quicker than I expected.”

Friends of Bold Venture Park chairman Harry Duxbury said: “It is a relief that it got fixed so soon.

“It is very frustrating when this sort of thing happens, especially after all the work we have done, and it isn‘t the first time this has happened.

“But these are the things you have to contend with all the time.”

Sunnyhurst councillor Pete Hollings, deputy chairman of Darwen Town Council, said: “I am really pleased it has been all sorted out.

“I just hope that whoever did it is caught and properly punished.”

Blackburn with Darwen Council executive member for environment Coun Jim Smith said: “It is disgraceful that vandals can cause such disrespectful and disgusting damage to what is a stunning war memorial in Bold Venture Park.

“I am pleased to say that the damage has been repaired and hopefully this shameful action can be put behind us.

“I urge anyone with any information regarding this reckless act against the fallen and the communities they served to call the police.”

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4:31pm Thu 26 Jun 14

gags2 says...

Why was the comments removed about the vandalism in bold venture park before also you don't have to be a genius to look up someone called ben and krissey I know who they are offer a reward and someone will tell
Why was the comments removed about the vandalism in bold venture park before also you don't have to be a genius to look up someone called ben and krissey I know who they are offer a reward and someone will tell gags2
  • Score: 5

5:32pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Malthus says...

I understand your anger and frustration about postings being removed. However, as you say "you don't have to be a genius to look up someone called ben and krissey" and I am certain or at would least like to think that the police are already initiating the arrests of those responsible. Having said this it would be a pity if the vandals responsible were allowed to get off on a technicality because they had been denied, (it sticks in my throat to say it) a "fair trial" as they had been tried by the media. Having said this though, I would expect the opportunity to vent my spleen once the culprits have been apprehended, charged and convicted. All too often, especially when it is offences that cause public outrage we are denied in the Lancashire Telegraph the chance to comment on crimes and the criminals that commit them. Perhaps if people were allowed the forum to speak their mind's it may make potential criminals think twice before they engage in acts that deeply offend the majority.
I understand your anger and frustration about postings being removed. However, as you say "you don't have to be a genius to look up someone called ben and krissey" and I am certain or at would least like to think that the police are already initiating the arrests of those responsible. Having said this it would be a pity if the vandals responsible were allowed to get off on a technicality because they had been denied, (it sticks in my throat to say it) a "fair trial" as they had been tried by the media. Having said this though, I would expect the opportunity to vent my spleen once the culprits have been apprehended, charged and convicted. All too often, especially when it is offences that cause public outrage we are denied in the Lancashire Telegraph the chance to comment on crimes and the criminals that commit them. Perhaps if people were allowed the forum to speak their mind's it may make potential criminals think twice before they engage in acts that deeply offend the majority. Malthus
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8:58pm Thu 26 Jun 14

camel says...

Please don't say that someone will have a job taking them out again because they now have dowels down the centre, because some mindless knob will have a go at doing it,
Please don't say that someone will have a job taking them out again because they now have dowels down the centre, because some mindless knob will have a go at doing it, camel
  • Score: 4

11:17pm Thu 26 Jun 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

I wonder how long it will be before it is wreaked again, a week maybe a fortnight. We will just have to wait and see.
Keeps the kids off the street I suppose. :-)
I wonder how long it will be before it is wreaked again, a week maybe a fortnight. We will just have to wait and see. Keeps the kids off the street I suppose. :-) 2 for 5p ridesagain
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9:19pm Fri 27 Jun 14

child44 says...

Well done BwDBC for the prompt repair.
Well done BwDBC for the prompt repair. child44
  • Score: 3

11:44am Wed 2 Jul 14

M__B__ says...

Great to see the war memorial repaired promptly, but…

When will the diminishing playground equipment be reinstalled, some of which has been missing for several years?

With summer holidays just around the corner, this is an opportune time for BWDBC to pull out their fingers and reinstate the missing; infant swing, large swing and climbing net AND add some new stuff for 2014 as recompense for neglecting this matter for so long. (if it isn't repaired it becomes like a 'broken window' syndrome and only gets worse).
Great to see the war memorial repaired promptly, but… When will the diminishing playground equipment be reinstalled, some of which has been missing for several years? With summer holidays just around the corner, this is an opportune time for BWDBC to pull out their fingers and reinstate the missing; infant swing, large swing and climbing net AND add some new stuff for 2014 as recompense for neglecting this matter for so long. (if it isn't repaired it becomes like a 'broken window' syndrome and only gets worse). M__B__
  • Score: 1

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