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Spike Dixon memorial hit by vandals

HEARTLESS vandals have destroyed a tree planted in memory of Spike Dixon who was shot dead by gunman Derrick Bird.

The cherry sapling, installed only a month ago at Piggery Field, Egremont, has had all but one of its branches snapped and its stem broken.

Egremont councillor Mike McVeigh, a friend of the Dixon family who was mayor of Copeland at the time of the shootings, said: “I am shocked and disgusted that anyone could commit such a mindless act of vandalism.

"Anyone who knew Spike knew that he was a real community man and worked hard to take care of the Egremont area and the people in it.

“He would be devastated that this has happened and I would urge anyone who is as community-minded as Spike was to report the people responsible to the police.’’

Spike, a vice-president of Egremont Conservative Club, was shot and killed in Carleton Woods by Bird on June 2, 2010.

Last month, his family and friends gathered to remember him at a ceremony to unveil a memorial bench and tree which were installed within sight of the shed where the countryside-loving Spike, 65, relaxed and kept chickens.

At the time, his sister, Margaret Earl, said: “He would sit peacefully listening to his radio before going for his walks. We are very touched by everyone’s support and help.”

Copeland’s mayor, John Jackson, also said at the ceremony: “Spike was an unassuming bloke. He loved it here, so this is fitting testament of such a grand lad.”

PCSO Alan Williamson said the damage to the tree was a criminal offence but “in the circumstances surrounding it, and what the sapling signifies, makes the damage even more disgusting.’’

And he appealed to the public to contact him with any information on 101.

Around five other benches and trees in memory of those killed by Derrick Bird have been installed across Copeland, funded by a private company which wishes to remain anonymous.

The location of the benches, installed by Copeland Council, hasn’t been publicised due to the wishes of the victims’ families.

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Absolutely disgusting. Just hope that the family realise that not everyone out there has such little respect for other human beings, their property, their memorials etc.
To lose Spike and then have someone do this to his memorial tree, it just makes you sick.
I hope someone has the decency to hand their names in to the police. Someone knows who did it. Scum.

Posted by Sarah on 26 March 2012 at 11:45

Have these people not suffered enough, what a sick place we live in.

Posted by Carole on 25 March 2012 at 20:11

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