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Gazing ball in War Memorial Park damaged

Picture credited to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

The stainless steel gazing ball in the Peace Garden at Basingstoke’s War Memorial Park has suffered serious damage. 

The ball was struck in a number of places with a hard object at the weekend, leaving large dents.

It’s the second time it’s been vandalised since September and officials say it’s unlikely the damage can be repaired.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council issued this statement:

"We’re asking for information from the public about significant damage to the stainless steel gazing ball in the Peace Garden in War Memorial Park. At some point during the weekend, the ball was struck in a number of places with a hard object, resulting in large dents.

"Unfortunately this is the second time that the ball has been vandalised since September and this time it is unlikely that the damage can be repaired. If not, the ball will have to be removed permanently. This incident has been reported to the police.

"The ball reflected the sun and clouds and was a key part of the Peace Garden project to create a lasting celebration of peace and reconciliation, providing a relaxing space in memory of all who suffered in past conflicts, reflecting our hopes for lasting peace in the future.

"The crime reference number is 44190148385. If you have any information please call 101."

Anyone who can help Police with their investigation is asked to call 101.

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