War memorial benches outside Bristol Museum vandalised – as council now considers if they are now worth replacing

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Wooden benches donated in memory of soldiers killed in the Second World War have been targeted by vandals – for the fourth time in just two years.

Panels were ripped from a curved bench in an outward-facing cove next to the entrance to Bristol Museum and Art Gallery at the top of Park Street.

It comes days before another curved bench, which was situated on the other side of the entrance, is set to be reinstated after it was vandalised in May.

Both were presented by Post Office workers in memory of their colleagues who had died during the war.

Red and white tape now covers the bench, which will be taken away shortly by the city council. It is not clear if both will be replaced given the cost involved.

 

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The damaged bench (Image: jon Kent/Bristol Live)

Custodians the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery has given CCTV footage of a group of people kicking the bench to police. It says it is the fourth time in two years the benches have been targeted by vandals.

A spokesman said: “Sadly, for the fourth time in two years, one of the benches outside our entrance has been vandalised.

 

“The two benches were presented to the people of Bristol by Post Office workers in memory of their colleagues who died in the Second World War. The benches are therefore, war memorials.

“We maintain and repair the benches as required so they can be used by everyone.

“Since 1945 they have been popular and convenient resting spots – because who doesn’t like a little breather after scaling Park Street?

“It costs thousands of pounds and months of time to get them restored. Please help us to look after these pieces of Bristol’s history and report any vandalism you witness to the police.”

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The damaged bench (Image: jon Kent/Bristol Live)

Bristol City Council owns the benches and a spokesman said: “We were very disappointed to see that a bench outside the museum and art gallery, given in memory of Post Office workers who died in the Second World War, has again been vandalised.

“We are arranging for the removal of the bench while we consider the replacement options.”

Anyone who has information on the damage should report it to police by calling 101.

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