Vandals rip 20 giant poppies from war memorial

Police are hunting for a gang of vandals who ripped down decorative poppies from a memorial display – warning they ‘will not go unpunished’.

The community in Bridlington, East Yorkshire, were appalled when 20 large poppies were removed from the Bridlington War Memorial.

Organisers of the Poppy Appeal in the town said it was a pre-meditated act to damage the display.

In a tweet yesterday, former mayor, Councillor Liam Dealtry said: ‘To the person or persons who have stolen 20 big poppies off the Bridlington war memorial fencing in the last four or five hours, I hope that karma comes and kicks you in the rear.’

Inspector Rob Cocker said: ‘This act of vandalism shows a complete lack of respect for those who fought and died for our freedom and I want to reassure the residents of Bridlington that it will not go unpunished.

‘We are working hard to gather evidence to trace those responsible and would ask for anyone who can assist us to get in touch.

‘The poppies that were removed have not yet been found. If you come across them or you saw someone carrying the flowers yesterday evening, please let us know.

‘The information you provide could be vital in helping us to track down the culprits.’

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting log number 125 of October 22.