The two mums were pictured scraping ‘Shell’ and ‘Jane’ into wet cement underneath the bench in Horncastle, Lincolnshire
Two mums have been slammed for scraping their names into wet cement underneath a bench commemorating World War One.
The pair were caught vandalising the bench as two youngsters, thought to be their children, watch on.
‘Shell’ and ‘Jane’ were scraped into the concrete beneath the memorial bench in Horncastle, Lincolnshire.
Locals have branded them ‘disrespectful,’ an ‘absolute disgrace’ and ‘disgusting’ on a local community page on Facebook.
The women can be seen leaning over the cordoned off area at the base of the bench, with one of the little ones watching over, to bend down and scrape their names in.
Their prams are standing close by and another child appears to be standing behind one of the women.
The park bench was installed on February 18, reports The Sun, to mark the centenary of the end of WWI.
The next day it had been tarnished.
The back of the metal bench shows soldiers and a warhorse silhouetted next to poppies, and the immortal words: ‘Lest we forget.’
Helen Lea initially brought people’s attention to the awful act by posting on the Horncastle Community Facebook page.
Julie Goy wrote online: “I walked past this bench earlier, 12.15 today with my granddaughter who is nearly two and we stood and admired it, she liked the red poppies. It was fine then and no damage.
“What a dreadful shame, should be ashamed of themselves.”
Another Facebook user called Chris Hewis wrote: “Was only admiring this bench yesterday. But I did say to my mum how long will it be for someone disrespects it? Less than a day.'”
Lincolnshire Police said one woman had been interviewed in relation to the incident.