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Remembrance Poppy garden destroyed in ‘act of malicious violence’

A remembrance poppy garden has been destroyed in an ‘act of malicious violence’.

The ‘deplorable’ incident happened at the site in Princes Street Gardens East in Edinburgh between midnight and 9am on Saturday.

Damage was caused to wooden crosses and a sign, with items scattered across the poppy garden.

Undated handout photo issued by Poppyscotland of a remembrance garden in Edinburgh which has been vandalised in an "act of malicious violence". PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday November 4, 2018. The "deplorable" incident happened at the site in Princes Street Gardens East between 12am and 9am on Saturday. See PA story POLICE Poppy. Photo credit should read: Poppyscotland/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

A remembrance poppy garden has been destroyed in an ‘act of malicious violence’ (Picture: PA)

Undated handout photo issued by Poppyscotland of a remembrance garden in Edinburgh which has been vandalised in an "act of malicious violence". PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday November 4, 2018. The "deplorable" incident happened at the site in Princes Street Gardens East between 12am and 9am on Saturday. See PA story POLICE Poppy. Photo credit should read: Poppyscotland/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Damage was caused to wooden crosses and a sign, with items scattered across the poppy garden (Picture: PA)

A joint statement from Poppyscotland and Legion Scotland said: ‘When our staff and volunteers arrived for duty yesterday morning they were understandably distressed by what they found.

‘This is a truly deplorable and disrespectful act of malicious violence which has caused immense upset to countless people.

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‘The Garden and Field of Remembrance is a very special place and thousands of locals and visitors alike spend time reflecting and remembering there each year.’

Staff worked to restore the site after contacting police.

The garden is a tribute to those who have served or continue to serve in the UK’s armed forces.

Undated handout photo issued by Poppyscotland of a remembrance garden in Edinburgh which has been vandalised in an "act of malicious violence". PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday November 4, 2018. The "deplorable" incident happened at the site in Princes Street Gardens East in Edinburgh between 12am and 9am on Saturday. See PA story POLICE Poppy. Photo credit should read: Poppyscotland/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Staff worked to restore the site after contacting police (Picture: PA)

Undated handout photo issued by Poppyscotland of a remembrance garden in Edinburgh which has been vandalised in an "act of malicious violence". PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday November 4, 2018. The "deplorable" incident happened at the site in Princes Street Gardens East between 12am and 9am on Saturday. See PA story POLICE Poppy. Photo credit should read: Poppyscotland/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

The garden is a tribute to those who have served or continue to serve in the UK’s armed forces (Picture: PA)

Hundreds of hours are spent each year planting more than 8,000 poppies.

Wreaths are also laid by representatives of a wide spectrum of organisations during a service to remember the fallen at the opening of the garden.

Inspector Alan Struthers, of Howdenhall police station, said: ‘This is a reckless and thoughtless act and we need the public’s help to trace whoever did this.

‘We have already conducted local enquiries. The gates were locked so the person or persons who did this would’ve had to climb over the fence.

‘We would ask if anyone saw anything suspicious to speak to a police officer or contact us on 101, quoting incident number 1318.’



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