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Editor’s comment: Majority will be horrified by this vandalism

PUBLISHED: 12:00 29 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:00 29 August 2017

Simon and Helen Fisher by the remains of the statue of their son Warrant Officer Ian Fisher who died in action in Afghanistan in 2013. Picture: KEN MEARS

Simon and Helen Fisher by the remains of the statue of their son Warrant Officer Ian Fisher who died in action in Afghanistan in 2013. Picture: KEN MEARS

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Whether or not you agree with the UK’s military involvement in other countries, we can all understand the pain of a family who lose a child.

Warrant Officer 2nd class Ian Fisher, of Elm Park, died in 2013 while serving in Afghanistan.

His family – his parents, his widow and his sons – have to live with that pain every day.

Their loss would have been eased slightly by the knowledge that the Havering public appreciated him giving his life serving Queen and country by voting for a memorial bench with a statue of him to be installed in Beam Park.

The majority of the borough will be horrified by the wanton destruction this week of that statue.

Thieves broke off the metal sculpture and stole it.

For Ian’s parents, it is somewhere they have been able to go to contemplate and feel nearer to their son.

His grave is near Stoke-on-Trent and so entails a day trip.

Now they are hurt and confused that someone would do this, presumably to sell as scrap metal.

I would hope that the scrap metal merchants are suspicious when it is brought to them and refuse to take it.

I also hope that police keep an eye on the the other two statues which stood alongside the one of Ian Fisher. As Ian’s mum suspects, the thieves will probably come back for them.

On a happier notice, despite the fears that the new GCSE number grading system would result in confusion and lower grades for students, it seems our schools have plenty of reasons to celebrate.

Hall Mall student Andrew Madu achieved the new top grade of 9 in both English and maths.

Several youngsters at The Albany also gained 9s.

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