War memorial destroyed by skidding motorists

SNOW caused more than a standstill for one village as its war memorial was smashed by skidding drivers. Two cars and a van ploughed into the structure within the space of a couple of hours on Thursday leaving Clifton Parish Council chairman Barry Livesy d

SNOW caused more than a standstill for one village as its war memorial was smashed by skidding drivers.

Two cars and a van ploughed into the structure within the space of a couple of hours on Thursday leaving Clifton Parish Council chairman Barry Livesy distraught.

He said: "The damages are horrendous. It's effectively been ruined.

"It's going to be a large job to repair. The first crash just clipped the side, but the next two did some damage.


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"We've just had it made safe. We've had to prop it to stop it falling over."

Mr Livesy added: "Fortunately nobody was injured. It's heartbreaking to see the state of the memorial.

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"It's not on a gritted road and it should be. The roads have been like glass. It's going to have to be changed otherwise people will get killed."

The memorial stone carried the name of those from the village fallen in wars and is a key feature.

He added: "A car drove into it last autumn and the repair for that had only just been authorised to go ahead.

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