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‘Silent Soldier’ silhouette outside Carlton Fire Station suffers damage

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One of the Silent Soldier statues, which have been placed in locations across the borough, has been damaged.

A number of ‘Silent Soldier’ silhouettes were placed at locations across the area to honour British and Commonwealth soldiers, marking 100 years since the end of the First World War.

However, pictures have emerged showing the silhouette located near outside Carlton Fire Station with damage to its head.

The damaged soldier was pictured on Snapchat

The images sparked concern on social media, with fears being voiced that the artwork had been the victim of vandalism.

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Councillor Jim Creamer posted: “Why would anyone do this? It’s just mindless vandalism.”

Mark Dewberry wrote: “As a veteran I think this is disgusting.”

Cathy Dowding said: “I noticed this yesterday and couldn’t believe it.

Organised by the Royal British Legion, ‘The Silent Soldier’ project aims to ‘educate’ today’s younger generation, and ‘heal’ today’s veterans who are suffering from mental health and physical wounds, by raising substantial funds through the sale of ‘Tommies’.

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