Vandals target war grave in Burnley

VANDALS have targeted a once-neglected war grave which was lovingly restored by volunteers earlier this year.

A small picket fence and plants have been stolen from Burnley Cemetery after they were installed by former military police colleagues of Cpl Ernie Rogers, whose overgrown grave was discovered by retired RMP officer Ivor King.

IN April, Mr King and his friends John Woodcock and Michael Powell decided to take action to clear the overgrown area and restore the grave of Cpl Rogers and four other war graves dating back the First World War.

They were assisted by Mr Woodcock’s cousin, PC Dave Pascoe, himself ex-miliatry and a neighbourhood police officer in Pendle.

He said: “It’s very sad. The picket fence which surrounded the grave has been taken and plants removed.

“I’ve a feeling that it would have been children messing around, perhaps not realising the significance of the items but these are war graves and they should be respected and revered.

“As we come up to Armistice Day I just can’t help thinking about the adage of ‘We Will Remember Them’.”

Following the vandalism, which was discovered last week, PC Pascoe sprung into action with a plan to restore the graves once again.

He said: “The police cadets in Lancashire do a lot of voluntary work and they have some funding left to mark the Queen’s Jubilee.

“I can’t think of a more appropriate way of spending this money and we’ve managed to secure it.

“We will clear trees and foliage around these graves with the ultimate aim of having a British Legion Cross and some flowers on each of the war graves in Burnley Cemetery.”

PC Pascoe has had the full co-operation of Burnley Council and he, other serving police officers, police cadets and other volunteers will work on the area on Saturday, October 13.

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8:18pm Fri 5 Oct 12

mavrick says...

Simply a total lack of respect..
Simply a total lack of respect.. mavrick
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8:42pm Fri 5 Oct 12

cathedral citi says...

I'm disgusted! What a disgraceful act of vandalism...... I hope the buggers are found, and made to pay for this heinous act.....

Having worked for the royal British legion for many years, I have seen at first hand, the utterly commendable service our military personnel, serving and departed, have given to queen and country.

RIP young man.
I'm disgusted! What a disgraceful act of vandalism...... I hope the buggers are found, and made to pay for this heinous act..... Having worked for the royal British legion for many years, I have seen at first hand, the utterly commendable service our military personnel, serving and departed, have given to queen and country. RIP young man. cathedral citi
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2:05am Sat 6 Oct 12

noddy57 says...

round them up ,,slijng em into the army for a year,,see how they change,,,youll be surprised
round them up ,,slijng em into the army for a year,,see how they change,,,youll be surprised noddy57
  • Score: 2

8:27am Sat 6 Oct 12

Malthus says...

I am a bit concerned that the tone of this article suggests that it is youths once again; perhaps it is. However, the fact that picket fencing was stolen as well as plants also suggests it may be an adult as well. Don't forget a 71 year old woman was prosecuted at Redbridge Magistrates for stealing from graves late last year.
I am a bit concerned that the tone of this article suggests that it is youths once again; perhaps it is. However, the fact that picket fencing was stolen as well as plants also suggests it may be an adult as well. Don't forget a 71 year old woman was prosecuted at Redbridge Magistrates for stealing from graves late last year. Malthus
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11:09am Sat 6 Oct 12

woolywords says...

I like the way this article was written, it suggests more than it says and reminds me much of my Army days.
Volunteers from the Police Cadets were organised... Yeah, right..
'Right lads....you, you, you and you, along with you, you and you Paddy, you Jock, and bring Taffy with you, so we have all the nations covered on this job'.

I hope there was sufficient funds left to buy you all a cuppa tea and sticky bun from the NAAFI van, when it turned up or did the Sgt have to dip his own pocket, yet again?
Well done, lads.

Now get fell in!!!
I like the way this article was written, it suggests more than it says and reminds me much of my Army days. Volunteers from the Police Cadets were organised... Yeah, right.. 'Right lads....you, you, you and you, along with you, you and you Paddy, you Jock, and bring Taffy with you, so we have all the nations covered on this job'. I hope there was sufficient funds left to buy you all a cuppa tea and sticky bun from the NAAFI van, when it turned up or did the Sgt have to dip his own pocket, yet again? Well done, lads. Now get fell in!!! woolywords
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11:22am Sat 6 Oct 12

woolywords says...

For all that serve, wherever you are..

They shall grow not old,
as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun
and in the morning,

We will remember them.

Laurence Binyon. Sept. 1914.
For all that serve, wherever you are.. They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them. Laurence Binyon. Sept. 1914. woolywords
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11:39pm Sat 6 Oct 12

Pendlesider says...

where's the evidence that this is a 'targeted crime'?
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even PC Dave Pascoe thinks its just kids messing around.
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with respect to the war dead, the police cadets should be taught HOW TO TACKLE CRIME and that life in the police force is more than sweeping up petals around gravestones! it simply detracts cadets from the real issues of today's societal problems.
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the forgotten soldier cares little about where he lays if defeated; as attested in his signature to go to war. Youth or child of today are unaware of such commitment but may become aware in later years.
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the future then of course depicts wars eliminating whole countries, and as Einstein once quoted, "I don't know what will be used in the next world war, but the 4th will be fought with stones."
where's the evidence that this is a 'targeted crime'? . even PC Dave Pascoe thinks its just kids messing around. . with respect to the war dead, the police cadets should be taught HOW TO TACKLE CRIME and that life in the police force is more than sweeping up petals around gravestones! it simply detracts cadets from the real issues of today's societal problems. . the forgotten soldier cares little about where he lays if defeated; as attested in his signature to go to war. Youth or child of today are unaware of such commitment but may become aware in later years. . the future then of course depicts wars eliminating whole countries, and as Einstein once quoted, "I don't know what will be used in the next world war, but the 4th will be fought with stones." Pendlesider
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4:16pm Mon 8 Oct 12

2 for 5p says...

noddy57 wrote:
round them up ,,slijng em into the army for a year,,see how they change,,,youll be surprised
oh noddy you do talk utter drivel
So you suggest that they are rewarded with a secure decentish paid job, when at he same time the army is making soldiers redundant.
[quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: round them up ,,slijng em into the army for a year,,see how they change,,,youll be surprised[/p][/quote]oh noddy you do talk utter drivel So you suggest that they are rewarded with a secure decentish paid job, when at he same time the army is making soldiers redundant. 2 for 5p
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