A remembrance garden has been vandalised in an “act of malicious violence”.
The “deplorable” incident happened at the site in Princes Street Gardens East in Edinburgh between 12am and 9am on Saturday.
Damage was caused to wooden crosses and a sign, with items scattered across the poppy garden.
A joint statement from Poppyscotland and Legion Scotland said: “When our staff and volunteers arrived for duty yesterday morning they were understandably distressed by what they found.
“This is a truly deplorable and disrespectful act of malicious violence which has caused immense upset to countless people.
“The Garden and Field of Remembrance is a very special place and thousands of locals and visitors alike spend time reflecting and remembering there each year.”
Staff worked to restore the site after contacting police.
The garden is a tribute to those who have served or continue to serve in the UK’s armed forces.
Hundreds of hours are spent each year planting more than 8,000 poppies.
Wreaths are also laid by representatives of a wide spectrum of organisations during a service to remember the fallen at the opening of the garden.
WITNESS APPEAL: Between midnight on Fri 2 Nov and 9am on Sat 3 Nov 2018 the poppy garden on Princes Street Gardens East (near the Scott Monument) was vandalised. If you saw anyone acting suspiciously around that time, contact us on 101 quoting incident number 1318.
— Edinburgh Police (@EdinburghPolice) November 4, 2018
Inspector Alan Struthers, of Howdenhall police station, said: “This is a reckless and thoughtless act and we need the public’s help to trace whoever did this.
“We have already conducted local enquiries. The gates were locked so the person or persons who did this would’ve had to climb over the fence.
“We would ask if anyone saw anything suspicious to speak to a police officer or contact us on 101, quoting incident number 1318.”
Poppies growing on First World War battle sites inspired Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae to write the poem In Flanders Fields.
The flower has since become a symbol of remembrance.
Credit: Source link