Soldier statue vandal is jailed

Repaired: the war memorial in Mytholmroyd
Repaired: the war memorial in Mytholmroyd

A man who caused hundreds of pounds damage to a war memorial in Mytholmroyd has been jailed for 30 days.

Peter Davison, 49, of Sefton Terrace, Halifax, was drunk when the incident occurred at around 12.50pm on July 24, 2012.

Witnesses reported he climbed the statue of a soldier, near the Dusty Miller pub, Burnley Road, Mytholmroyd, which commemorates those who laid down their lives in the First World War.

The statue’s head was twisted through 180 degrees and required a stonemason to repair it at a cost of £425.

Magistrates heard Davison, who pleaded guilty, was later arrested for being drunk and disorderly before being charged with the vandalism.