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Vandals target memorial trees

Trees planted in Chipping Sodbury to remember local football stalwarts have been vandalised, leaving one of the widows “devastated”.

The two trees were planted at The Ridings to commemorate prominent Chipping Sodbury Football club members Patrick O'Connell and Fred Hague.

The trees both had memorial plaques, but that didn’t stop vandals snapping the trees, leaving just a stump.

Mr O’Connell’s widow, Mary told Yate and Sodbury Voice: “It’s horrible to damage any tree, but a memorial tree, and to damage my husband’s tree especially coming up to his anniversary, it’s very upsetting.”

The club’s vice-president, Jeff Harper has vowed to replace the trees and is calling for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.  He said: “If the trees didn’t have a commemorative plaque on them, I’d say oh well, but there’s a plaque fully visible and so they should be punished for this.”

 

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