Community leaders have been left ‘cross’ and ‘disgusted’ after a memorial bench on a Bury St Edmunds estate was defaced with an offensive word.
The vandalised bench was dedicated to PCSO Sue Medcraft on the anniversary of her death last year and placed at the back of the Newbury Community Centre in St Olaves Road, at the heart of the community she used to serve.
Cllr Paul Hopfensperger, who represents the ward on the borough council, said: “It’s absolutely disgusting. To do that to a bench for a loved police woman from the estate, and people know the significance of it - there’s a plaque on there, it’s appalling.”
Ernie Broom, chairman of the Howard Estate Association of Residents and Tenants (HEART), said: “I was absolutely gobsmacked. It beggars belief that someone would write that on that bench.”
He added that he was ‘very cross’ about hundreds of kids who use the area being given a bad name.
Bury Inspector Jane Hertzog said: “Sue was a popular and well respected colleague and I’m sure all those who knew her will be saddened that the bench dedicated in her memory has been damaged in this way.
“It’s not just disrespectful, it has also defaced a seat that is used by members of the local community to enjoy the park, and we believe that there will be some who know exactly who has caused this mindless damage.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bury East/ West Safer Neighbourhood Team by calling Suffolk Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.