Chesterfield war memorial vandalised AGAIN

Specialist contractors have removed the graffiti.
Specialist contractors have removed the graffiti.

More graffiti has been painted on Chesterfield's war memorial - just days after it was last targeted.

As reported on Monday, mindless vandals sprayed the word 'Rich' in red paint on the Rose Hill memorial over the weekend.

This picture was taken by Chesterfield resident Jacky Sockett over the weekend. She said: "What is wrong with these animals? I find it terribly upsetting that people can be so ignorant, mindless and disrespectful so heaven knows how family, friends and relatives of the people the war memorial represents feel?"

This picture was taken by Chesterfield resident Jacky Sockett over the weekend. She said: "What is wrong with these animals? I find it terribly upsetting that people can be so ignorant, mindless and disrespectful so heaven knows how family, friends and relatives of the people the war memorial represents feel?"

More graffiti has now been painted below that.

Residents have hit out at the 'scumbags' responsible.

Councillor John Burrows, Chesterfield Borough Council’s leader, said: "I am extremely disappointed to see that the memorial has been defaced yet again.

"This is pure vandalism and an absolute insult to the fallen of Chesterfield.

"Not only is it very disrespectful, it is also a waste of council taxpayers' money to clean.

"This will require cleaning by specialist contractors and will cost several hundred pounds to repair the damage."

A spokesman for Derbyshire police added: "We would encourage anyone who has information about who might be responsible to contact police on 101 and we will take action to bring the offenders to justice."

The memorial was last defaced in 2014 during the centenary year of the First World War. It was previously vandalised in 2013.