Heywood silent soldier becomes fourth targeted by vandals

Date published: 08 October 2018

A fourth silent soldier silhouette has been vandalised in Heap Bridge, Heywood.

The latest act of disrespect is understood to have occurred on Friday (5 October), and follows similar acts made last month.

Erected as part of the Borough’s commemoration of the First World War centenary, three soldiers in Middleton, Castleton and Rochdale were targeted in August and September.

Each of the soldiers have been kicked over and bent in a similar manner.



Councillor Neil Emmott, cabinet member for environmental management, said: “We were alerted to the latest act of vandalism against one of our much-loved silent soldiers in Heap Bridge on Saturday morning. Thankfully, colleagues have been able to straighten this silhouette back to his former glory.

“Any act of vandalism is mindless but the abuse of our silent soldiers is another level altogether. The tributes recognise the brave servicemen and women who fought so valiantly for their country and have been placed around the borough for people to reflect and remember.

“Any information concerning the damage would be gratefully received on 0300 303 8884.”

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