North Wales Police are now investigating an incident that saw young vandals behead and cause significant damage to a Silent Soldier silhouette in Rhyl.
The incident happened on Tuesday, May 1 around 5pm near the Beachside Cafe on Rhyl Promenade.
The Silent Soldier memorial is a scheme set up by The Royal British Legion which has spread nationwide, with over 1000 of the soldiers now appearing right across the UK.
Each silhouette is made up from a mixture of materials, similar to what road signs are made from. Most of the Silent Soldiers have 2 metal poles to help it maintain it’s stucture and protect it against possible damage, however, this Silent Soldier did not have this.
A RBL spokesperson has been contacted by several local businesses, offering their help to try and fix the soldier.
Currently, there are 3 Silent Soldiers in Rhyl, one located at Bodelwyddan Castle, Cob & Pen and the Beachside Cafe. Many more are soon to appear as local businesses put forward sponsorship.
A Silent Soldier can be purchased by councils, businesses or individuals and cost £250 , with £150 being donated directly to charity, the rest is used to manufacture the siholettes.
The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal supports past and present veterans of war. Providing much needed help and support.
North Wales Police are appealing to anybody who may have any information relating to the incident. Please contact 101 with reference number 183000515 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111or using the web live chat at https://www.north-wales.police.uk/contact/chat-support.aspx