Search

UPDATE: Shortlands war memorial ‘demolished’ after car drives through it

PUBLISHED: 09:22 11 July 2016 | UPDATED: 09:22 11 July 2016

The scene of the crash in Shortlands @Sammy_Selvage

The scene of the crash in Shortlands @Sammy_Selvage

Archant

The accident happened on Friday morning

Councillors in Shortlands have assured locals they will do all they can to rebuild the local war memorial after a car ploughed through it last week.

The war memorial on Kingswood Road in Shortlands was ‘demolished’ after a car crashed into it on Friday morning.

Emergency services were on scene just after 10am after a silver car drove through the memorial.

A Met Police spokesperson confirmed officers were called to the scene by London Ambulance Service at 10.22am.

A woman believed to be in her early 20s was taken to a south London hospital, with non-life-threatening injuries.

Ward councillors claim the council will do their best to have the memorial rebuilt in time for November’s remembrance services.

Councillors David Jefferys and Mary Cooke said: “The council is already actively looking to both recover the costs of the repair/replacements works and will be working closely with the local community and bodies such as the Royal British Legion over the coming weeks to ensure that a suitably dignified replacement is chosen and set in place at the earliest possible opportunity.

“It is too early to say how much of the former memorial can be preserved, but we have full records and have secured the damaged sections.

“The war memorial is a treasured part of the life of Shortlands.

“It has been the focus of many community commemorations since it was dedicated in 1921.

“Most recently it was the centre of St Mary’s Church’s Diamond Jubilee and last week the service of Whistle for the Somme.

“Bromley Council looks after this memorial and will do all that is possible to ensure it is restored as quickly as possible and we will do our best to have the memorial rebuilt and dedicated for the remembrance service in November.”

“We would like to thank the emergency services for their quick response together with council officers , local residents and the staff of the Church Office.

“We remember all those who have been affected by this incident, particular the car driver who we hope has a speedy and full recovery.

“We owe it to all those who gave so much for their country and our community that we restore this beloved memorial just as soon as possible.”

Did you see the accident? Get in touch at luke.may@archant.co.uk or 01233 653479.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Bromley Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Bromley Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Bromley Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest news

Nugent Shopping Centre recently treated members of the Bromley Childhood Cancer Support Group to a VIP morning.

Two Bromley boxers made their debut on the MTK show in Brentwood last week (November 17) with successful performances.

Detectives investigating the fatal stabbing of 22-year-old Ayodeji Habeeb Azeez have arrested a fifth person.

A resident at an Orpington care home has been reunited with his former primary school class after asking the community if they recognised faces from a 1950s photograph.

Yesterday, 16:46

London City Royals coach Jay Williams has called for his men to hammer Newcastle Eagles into the ground in a no-nonsense bid for revenge on Saturday.

Yesterday, 12:54

Huge crowds started their Christmas countdown in Orpington High Street on Thursday (November 15) as the annual Christmas lights switch-on took place.

Most read

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Bromley Times e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Bromley Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24