VANDALS who smashed up a war memorial using a golf ball have potted taxpayers a repair bill of thousands.
The attack on the clock in the Memorial Park in Sunderland Road, Horden, has left the ball lodged in the clock face after it smashed through the plastic cover protecting.
It is thought the yobs may have also caused damage to the clock’s mechanism, and specialist teams will now have to carry out an assessment, take away parts and carry out repairs.
The hands have been left at 2 o’clock, indicating that is what time the troublemakers stuck.
The cost of restoring the piece will be passed on to taxpayers, as it is looked after by Horden Parish Council, with the amount expected to top £2,000.
Parks and cemetery manager Jimmy Bush said: “This was set up in aid of the Second World War and it’s sad they don’t realise or understand what it is for.”
The clock, which is where the town lays down wreaths as it pays its respects to war dead, was damaged between Saturday and Sunday morning.
Anyone who saw anything suspicious is asked to contact Pc Dave Thompson, of Peterlee Neighbourhood Policing Team, on 101, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.