Remembrance Day outrage as five flags are stolen in Great Harwood

Coun Gareth Molineux outside the town hall

Coun Gareth Molineux outside the town hall

First published in Hyndburn

VETERANS are furious after thieves stole union flags from flagpoles across Great Harwood ahead of Armistice Day services.

Flags in Town Gate, Memorial Park, Mercer Baths, the Showfield and by the canal at Rishton were removed on Saturday. Police are investigating.

Witnesses reported seeing a cherrypicker vehicle in the area.

Great Harwood councillor Gareth Molineux said the thefts took place between 11am and 6pm.

He said: “This year we made a decision to put up more flags and flagpoles because of Armistice Day, but also the Olympics and the Queen’s Jubilee.

“For the flagpoles in the park you need a key to access the rope, but the rope near the flags has been cut and the weights are either missing or damaged.

“It could have been mindless vandals but we have not ruled out anti-war campaigners.

“Fortunately we were able to get a flag up for the service by being creative with a bit of string ahead of the start and finish of the parade from Town Gate.”

Ian Wilkinson, chair of the Friends of Mercer Park, was outraged. He said: “It’s not just about the flags being removed, it’s the timing that is significant.

“We want to know the reason why this has happened.”

Len Myerscough, chairman of Great Harwood Royal British Legion, said: “I am disgusted. I don’t know who would do such a thing.

“To steal the flags ahead of Remembrance Sunday is heartless. These people have no respect for people’s feelings. They are disrespecting the sacrifice that these men and women made.”

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1:15pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Davelyn says...

These Ba2tards should be publically humiliated in the center of Gt. Harwood.
It's a pity we still haven't got STOCKS because this is all this scum deserve.
These Ba2tards should be publically humiliated in the center of Gt. Harwood. It's a pity we still haven't got STOCKS because this is all this scum deserve. Davelyn
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1:30pm Mon 12 Nov 12

useyourhead says...

I saw a lorry backed up on the pavement outside mercer hall and thought the way it was done looked a little cavalier, could have been the culprits.
I saw a lorry backed up on the pavement outside mercer hall and thought the way it was done looked a little cavalier, could have been the culprits. useyourhead
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1:56pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Pan-cake says...

useyourhead wrote:
I saw a lorry backed up on the pavement outside mercer hall and thought the way it was done looked a little cavalier, could have been the culprits.
Perhaps 'useyourhead' and report this to the Police?
[quote][p][bold]useyourhead[/bold] wrote: I saw a lorry backed up on the pavement outside mercer hall and thought the way it was done looked a little cavalier, could have been the culprits.[/p][/quote]Perhaps 'useyourhead' and report this to the Police? Pan-cake
  • Score: 4

2:13pm Mon 12 Nov 12

useyourhead says...

Pan-cake wrote:
useyourhead wrote:
I saw a lorry backed up on the pavement outside mercer hall and thought the way it was done looked a little cavalier, could have been the culprits.
Perhaps 'useyourhead' and report this to the Police?
i took so little notice i cant say how many folk, men or women, reg, colour of truck or time/day so don't think i would be of much use to their enquiries, it was a fleeting glance while driving past.
[quote][p][bold]Pan-cake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]useyourhead[/bold] wrote: I saw a lorry backed up on the pavement outside mercer hall and thought the way it was done looked a little cavalier, could have been the culprits.[/p][/quote]Perhaps 'useyourhead' and report this to the Police?[/p][/quote]i took so little notice i cant say how many folk, men or women, reg, colour of truck or time/day so don't think i would be of much use to their enquiries, it was a fleeting glance while driving past. useyourhead
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2:27pm Mon 12 Nov 12

RupertsReason says...

I thought at first that the article was an advert for Rugrats in Great Harwood!!!
I thought at first that the article was an advert for Rugrats in Great Harwood!!! RupertsReason
  • Score: 5

9:37pm Wed 14 Nov 12

2 for 5p says...

Its probobly BNP or EDL there the only people that have any use of those flags.
It's a strange world.
Its probobly BNP or EDL there the only people that have any use of those flags. It's a strange world. 2 for 5p
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