THOUSANDS of pounds worth of damage was caused to a war memorial in the town centre on Saturday evening.

The Barnsley Pals light installation on Churchfields is an award-winning piece of artwork, celebrated for its innovation and community engagement, involving local families and children.

The cause of the damage is so far unknown, but Coun Robert Frost, cabinet spokesperson for place, said he would be ‘disgusted’ if it turned out to be vandalism.

He added: “On Saturday evening an art installation in Churchfields, commemorating local soldiers who lost their lives in the Battle of the Somme and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, was broken causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.

“What caused the damage has yet to be determined, however we are appealing for witness who may have seen the incident and can provide information.

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“We would be absolutely disgusted and disappointed to think that an act of vandalism was directed towards war heroes, who gave so much for their town and country.

“Barnsley Museums are working with the artists to repair the installation.”