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Vandals attack Watton memorial

PUBLISHED: 09:36 20 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:56 02 June 2010

A memorial recording the lives of second world war airmen who flew from RAF Watton has been attacked by vandals. The memorial to the men of the 25th Bomb Group and another for RAF airmen were only moved back to their original home outside the former base two months ago.

A memorial recording the lives of second world war airmen who flew from RAF Watton has been attacked by vandals.

The memorial to the men of the 25th Bomb Group and another for RAF airmen were only moved back to their original home outside the former base two months ago.

Paving has been sprayed with turquoise paint, much of it described as 'hieroglyphics', and the words 'magic' and a picture of a mushroom painted. Across the granite memorial, which has just been resurfaced, the letters UK were also painted.

Part of the fence and gate were also damaged.

It follows a spate of damage in the last month which has seen a veterinary practice in Goddard's Court covered with spray paint, tyres slashed, windows smashed, fences damaged and cars scratched.

Jan Godfrey, who was involved in getting the memorial back to its original home after years spent near the former officers' mess when the gates to the base closed, said: "It's just mindless. It is really sad. I'm heart-broken because we put a lot of work into getting those memorials right."

The memorial to the American special reconnaissance group, based at Watton in the final year of the war, was rededicated in June after being moved back to where the front gates of the base would have been.

It is thought the vandalism is due to a small group of youngsters in the town and Sgt Kevin Jervis, of Watton Safer Neighbourhood Team, said they were doing everything they could to catch the culprits and called on the public to give any information they had which might help police.

Anyone with any information should contact Sgt Kevin Jervis on 0845 4564567.

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