Fury as ‘appalling’ thieves strike at war tribute again

Spitfire at Fairhaven Lake

Spitfire at Fairhaven Lake

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Veterans have today told of their anger after vandals targeted a Fylde coast memorial again.

Donation boxes at the Spitfire war memorial in Fairhaven Lake have been broken into for the second time in the space of a year.

Opportunist thieves took advantage of broken lighting at Fairhaven Lake to smash their way into the charity boxes for the sake of just a few pennies.

Fortunately, the donation boxes are emptied on a regular basis – but the damage caused means repair costs reach upwards of £200.

Bernard Worsfold, chairman of Fylde’s RAF Veterans Association said: “I am appalled about low people will go.

“This is a memorial that represents someone who gave their life for the country.”

The Lytham St Annes Spitfire Team is now urging Fylde Council to ensure lighting is fully functional and that CCTV focuses on the memorial, rather than the skate park.

John Coombes, chairman of the Lytham St Annes Spitfire Team said: “It was around this time last year that thieves last broke into the boxes. If it keeps happening then we face the possibility of the memorial no longer remaining at Fairhaven Lake.

“Without the donation boxes then the whole memorial programme is under threat.”

Mr Coombes emphasised the difficulties the Spitfire team faces regarding maintaining the memorial.

He said: “We have to pay for the upkeep, maintenance and insurance ourselves and the £200 we need to pay for repairs could have been 
used for this. We have even offered to pay for enhanced lighting around the site ourselves but that was thrown out by a planning committee.

“The council would not take the programme on financially, but they need to protect the site with better lighting or a solution that helps us keep it safe.”