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Memorial bench thrown four metres off balcony by vandals

PUBLISHED: 09:23 02 May 2013 | UPDATED: 09:23 02 May 2013

Beryl Dafter, Wendy Childs and surgery manager Dan Stark with the damaged bench which was donated in memory of Beryl's late husband John

Beryl Dafter, Wendy Childs and surgery manager Dan Stark with the damaged bench which was donated in memory of Beryl's late husband John

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A hefty memorial bench dedicated to a surgery was found in pieces at the bottom of a four-metre-high balcony where it used to sit.

Staff at the Gables Surgery in Markyate Road, Dagenham, found the damaged wooden bench on Monday morning and although there was no sign of a break-in they believe vandals must have somehow climbed up and thrown it off.

The bench was given as a gift from a patient whose husband, John Dafter, had received care there before passing away.

On the back of the bench was a plaque bearing his name.

Wendy Childs, vice-chair of the Gables’ patient group, said they were shocked by the discovery.

She said: “It is completely idiotic. They must have thrown it over the side of the balcony. It’s still sitting there on the grass. We assume over the weekend it happened, and somebody must have seen it or heard the crash when it hit the ground - it’s pretty heavy.”

The bench had been donated to the surgery eight years ago.

Wendy said: “I think the patient’s wife wanted to do something for the surgery and she donated it in his memory. It was somewhere for people to sit outside in the sunshine. Now it’s in pieces. Hopefully it can be salvaged.”

The surgery said they would contact the local neighbourhood watch to see if they find out what had happened to the bench and try to find who is responsible.


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