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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

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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.

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