Quick response after vandalism at the Shoreham Memorial site

Released: Tuesday, 15 December 2020

Two members of the public have been thanked for helping Adur District Council officers respond to wanton vandalism at the Shoreham Memorial site.

Teams were alerted this morning after two benches were found ripped from their fixings and dumped in the River Adur.

Members of the Council's maintenance team, together with two members of the public, managed to rescue the wooden seats from the mud bed.

They are now back on dry ground and will be fitted back into the ground later this week.

Cllr Emma Evans, Adur District Council's Executive Member for Environment, said:

“The memorial and surrounding area to the victims of the Shoreham Airshow disaster is much-loved and respected as a place of tranquility and calmness. That's why I was so shocked and appalled to see the wanton damage to the benches which neighbour the site.

“Thanks to the speedy response of the Council's maintenance team, along with the support of two very kind members of the public, the benches are now back in place. I've been assured that they will be fixed back to the ground in the coming days, which will hopefully avoid a repeat of this extremely unfortunate incident.

“Such vandalism is not welcome in our district and so, if anyone has any information relating to this extremely unfortunate incident, please report it to local police on 101.”

Photo: The two benches retrieved from the River Adur at the Shoreham Memorial site

PR20-169 - The two benches retrieved from the River Adur at the Shoreham Memorial site

Photo: The 11 individually crafted arches of the Shoreham Airshow Memorial site sit alongside the River Adur in Shoreham

PR19-082 + 165 + PR20-097 - A memorial bench and 11 individually crafted arches sit alongside the River Adur in Shoreham

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