Family of Doncaster war hero left devastated over memorial tree ‘vandalism’

Picture shows Sgt Lee Davidson of the Light Dragoons who was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.
Picture shows Sgt Lee Davidson of the Light Dragoons who was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.
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The family of a Doncaster war hero have spoken of their anger and disgust after a memorial tree planted in his honour was snapped in half.

Located at the walled garden at Thorne Memorial Park, the tree was planted to create a lasting memorial to Sgt Lee Davidson who was killed in action in 2012 while serving in Afghanistan.

But yesterday, (Wednesday, September 23) the tree was found snapped in half in what is believed to have been a ‘targeted’ attack on the brave Doncaster dad’s memorial, who was just 32 when he died.

Lee’s wife, Samantha Davidson, said of the incident: “I’m gutted. I think it’s absolutely disgusting.

“Everybody was shocked when they found out.”

South Yorkshire police and Thorne town council are currently looking into the incident, and are believed to be reviewing CCTV of the area in a bid to find the culprits.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.

• See tomorrow’s Doncaster Star and next week’s Doncaster Free Press for more on this story.