Commemorative photo vandalised


Wychavon District Council staff have slammed vandals who cruelly damaged a photo of a former decorated member of the Royal Navy located in Pershore’s Commemorative Garden in the Abbey Park.

The photo was on an information panel and remembered Ted Annis, who served in the Royal Navy with distinction during the Suez Crisis in 1956, and who was also a former town councillor and founder of the Pershore and District Royal Naval Association and Social Club.

It was vandalised sometime between the evening of Saturday 21 April (7.30pm) and Sunday 22 April (7pm).

Wychavon arranged for the damaged panel to be removed and has already had a new one made to replace it.

Lynn Stevens, Senior Parks Officer at Wychavon, said: “This is a disgrace and the vandals should be ashamed. We have obviously paid to put this right, but it’s important to remember that this money could be used for other things to improve parks and open spaces rather than fixing something that has been mindlessly vandalised.”

She added: “It goes without saying that Ted’s family is very upset about this. The park is a lovely place to go, which makes it even more appalling that some unthinking people do not have respect for places like the Commemorative Garden and for the people it is there to pay tribute to.”

The vandalism has been reported to the police and the incident number is 755-S-220418. If anyone has any information about this incident they can phone the police on 101 and quote the incident number to report it.

If people witness a crime being committed they should call the police on 999.