Defaced war memorial to be repaired after offers of help

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Businesses have stepped in to help after a war memorial in Stroud was defaced.

Vandals caused serious damage to an engraving on the Cenotaph in Park Gardens, Slad Road, in the early hours of 17 June.

Since the incident was reported, Stroud District Council has received a number of offers of help.

In a joint statement, the administration group leaders of the council, Doina Cornell, Martin Whiteside and Ken Tucker said: “It’s clear that the local community cares deeply about the memorial and what it represents as do we, and we will continue to do our utmost to maintain and protect it.

“We would like to thank all the businesses who contacted us with offers of help and funding. We have accepted the offer of the original stonemasons, Cottle Memorials, who engraved the stone in 2015.”

Steve Cottle, of Cottle Memorials, said: “We, along with a lot of other Stroud residents have been upset by the damage to the Cenotaph, and I’d like to do my bit for the community by replacing it.”

Stroud Town Mayor Kevin Cranston said: “It is heart warming to know that there are so many generous public spirited people who are ready to step in to sort out this offensive piece of vandalism.”

It is estimated that the repairs to the Grade II listed monument will take six weeks to complete.

The memorial is dedicated to the memory of people from Stroud who sacrificed their lives for their country. It is believed a chisel was used to gauge out a 2015 addition that reads `And all subsequent campaigns.’

So far no arrests have been made. If you have any information contact the police on 101 quoting incident 525 of June 17.

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