A dad has branded thieves who stole his son’s memorial bench as ‘despicable’.
Noel Angus spoke out after the bench dedicated to his late son Scott vanished from Lidl’s car park on Altofts Road in Normanton.
Scott Angus, 18, died there in 2008 after being struck down by an undetected heart defect.
Following his death the close knit community clubbed together to raise about £500 for a memorial bench. It has been in place since 2008.
But police say the bolted down and heavy bench was uprooted some time between April 14 and 20.
The bench was clearly inscribed with the words: “In loving memory of Scott Angus who passed away aged 18. Missed by friends and family who donated this bench in celebration of his life.”
His dad Noel Argus, of Albert Street, Normanton, said: “They are despicable. I can’t believe it. Why would anybody remove something like that?”
The bench was a focal point for Scott’s friends and family, who put on a “Happy Birthday, Scott” banner on it each year.
Mr Angus added: “I have reported it stolen to police. It was fastened down onto plates that were then bolted into the floor. It isn’t a normal garden bench, It’s a heavy duty one, which would have taken a lot of removing.”
A police spokesman said anyone with information about the removal of the bench should contact Normanton Neighbourhood Police Team on 101.