Sutton forced to remove Silent Soldiers after vandalism

Sutton Council has been forced to remove its “Silent Soldiers” silhouettes, which were put up around the borough’s parks and public spaces in the past month in conjunction with the British Legion, following a spate of vandalism.

How one of the Silent Soldier figures in Sutton was vandalised

Some of the figures have had their heads cut off.

The intention had been to leave the silhouettes up throughout 2018, which marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, both as a reminder and to help raise funds for today’s military veterans through the British Legion.

Councillor Tim Crowley, the leader of the Conservative opposition on Sutton Council, described the vandalism as “a disgrace”.

“This is such an insult to those who have fought to preserve our freedom,” Crowley said.

In a statement from Sutton Council this morning, they said, “With several of the Silent Soldier silhouettes vandalised or stolen, the decision has now been taken to remove them.

“Police are working closely with the council to examine CCTV footage in a bid to identify those responsible.”

The council is to consider whether to reinstate the silhouettes during 2018.


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One Response to Sutton forced to remove Silent Soldiers after vandalism

  1. consider replacing them? only considering? YOU MUST PUT THEM BACK PLEASE don’t give into mindless vandals or others that don’t agree with showing that we support that others died and marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, both as a reminder and to help raise funds for today’s military veterans through the British Legion.

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