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Hit-and-run motorist damages war memorial

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 04, 2013

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A MEMORIAL to people who have given their lives fighting for this country has been damaged by a hit-and-run motorist – unleashing the wrath of parish council chiefs.

Barbara Highton, vice-chairman of Castle Gresley Parish Council, spoke out after a driver ploughed into the war memorial at the junction of Mount Pleasant Road and Linton Road.

The damage will see a recently refurbished metal fence having to be replaced – just a short time after it was replaced in time for Remembrance Sunday.

She told the Mail: “It was really upsetting when I learned what happened.

“It seems as if the memorial has hit by a car as the driver has failed to navigate the junction.

“They have then just driven off and not even reported it to anyone – that is the worst bit.

“It has not long been repaired and repainted as we got it ready for last year’s Remembrance Sunday service.

“It will fall on the parish council to pay for any repairs as it is on parish council property.

“It will now be a case of assessing the damage and forging a plan to returning the memorial to how it looked before the crash. It will cost hundreds of pounds.

“The memorial is the focal point of the village and often the first thing that people see when they enter it.

“It is such a shame that it has been damaged and a bent over fence is now what welcomes people to Castle Gresley.

“Everyone involved in the parish council will work as hard as they can to fix it as soon as possible.”

The Castle Gresley war memorial forms a central part of the village’s efforts to honour people who have lost their lives.

On Remembrance Sunday, villages gather at the site to pay their respects and lay poppy wreaths.

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