Vandals attack Welwyn Garden City memorial tree

PUBLISHED: 10:34 26 February 2016 | UPDATED: 12:38 02 March 2016

Chris Loft memorial tree was ripped up and thrown.

Chris Loft memorial tree was ripped up and thrown.

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A Welwyn Garden City football club is appealing for witnesses to come forward after vandals ripped up a memorial tree.

On Sunday, February 21, as the club was opened up in preparation for the day’s football activities at 8.30am, it was apparent that vandals had struck at Moneyhole club, home of Panshanger Football Club at some point during Saturday night.

Alcohol bottles such as Disaronno had been smashed and strewn all over, benches had been ripped up out of their concrete settings and a drain pipe had been pulled off the wall.

The chairman of Panshanger Football Club, Peter Monk said: “A memorial tree that was planted back in 2011 in memory of a man [Chris Loft] who dedicated so much time and effort to the club, was ripped up and thrown across the pathway.

“I’m devastated and annoyed at these mindless vandals.

“The children could easily have come out here and cut themselves to bits, people must know who committed this crime.”

He added: “The club will do all that we can to repair the damage.”

Billy Ryan, owner of Evoke Tree Services, was appalled at the mindless act of vandalism and kindly offered to replace the tree in memory of Chris.

The club is appealing for any witnesses to come forward and to contact Nige on 07896 621246.

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