Sheffield thugs 'should be ashamed of themselves’ after Manchester Arena bombing victim Kelly Brewster bench is ‘torched’
Disgust has been expressed after a bench in memory of a Sheffield woman killed in a terror attack was torched.
The bench was installed in Arbourthorne after local woman Kelly Brewster, aged 32, was killed in a bomb attack in Manchester in 2017.
Kelly, her sister and niece were at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena when a bomb was detonated, killing 22 people.
The memorial bench was set alight close to Arbourthorne Social Centre on East Bank Road, which was also damaged in the arson attack on Saturday night.
Councillor Ben Miskell condemned those responsible and said they should be ‘ashamed of themselves’.
Residents have also expressed their disgust.
Posting on Facebook, Sheila McIlroy said: “I really hope karma exists. There are no reasons for these disgusting acts of vandalism and therefore no excuses such as boredom, social deprivation, poor family background. Just the work of losers.”
Veronica Evans described the attack as ‘absolutely disgusting’ and said those responsible have ‘no respect for anything or anyone’.
Shiree Varley added: “How disrespectful, just absolutely disgusting. Shame on themselves.”
Michelle Somerset described the incident as ‘cruel’.
Samantha Wilkinson added: “Absolutely disgraceful. Hope they find who did it and get the right punishment.”
Angela Bingham said: “So sad, as if the family haven't been through enough.”
Kelly, who worked for insurance firm Aviva, had just put a deposit down for a house with her partner, when she was killed.
Anyone with information about the fire should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.