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WW1 Silent Soldier Memorial 'Used As Target Practice And Thrown In Ditch'

Police described the incident as "disgusting behaviour".

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The silhouette is part of a series conceived by the Royal British Legion (Picture: Carterton Town Council/Facebook).

A silent soldier silhouette in Oxfordshire has been damaged in what police described as "disgusting behaviour".

The incident on Alvescot Road in Carterton to a silhouette commemorating contributions made during the First World War.

On Facebook, the local council said the silhouette was "used as target practice" before being thrown in a ditch.

"Not only is this vandalism but a terrible act of disrespect to the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for us," they said in a post.

Thames Valley Police are appealing for information on the incident.

The silhouette is part of a series conceived by the Royal British Legion to mark the contribution made to the First World War by communities around the UK and the Commonwealth.