Anger at Methil war memorial vandalism

Methil War Memorial Wellesley road Methil. Pictures by George McLuskie
Methil War Memorial Wellesley road Methil. Pictures by George McLuskie

Wanton damage caused near the site of Methil’s war memorial has been condemned.

Vandals entered the memorial garden in Wellesley Road and attacked the pole-mounted lights, which illuminate the monument to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Lights were broken at the memorial

Lights were broken at the memorial

Most were damaged or broken in the incident, which happened early yesterday (Tuesday) after midnight.

Local councillors and community leaders denounced it as a lack of respect.

“It’s mindless vandalism and shows total disrespect for our fallen heroes,” said Councillor John O’Brien. ‘‘Quite a bit of damage has been done which will need to be repaired.”

The lights had given an impressive look to the monument, he added, which was visited fairly frequently.

Fellow ward councillor, David Graham, urged anyone with information to contact the police.

He said: “I was very disappointed to hear of the damage.

“The memorial garden is meant to be an area of reflection and remembrance. This kind of act is a dreadful show of disrespect to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.”

The Rev Gillian Paterson, minister of nearby Wellesley Parish Church, said it was “the last thing the community needed at the moment”.

Remembrance Sunday had become a progressively bigger event in Methil, she said, and the respect that was shown every year was noticeable.

“There will be a lot of people upset by this,” she added.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said inquiries were ongoing.