Sick vandals have trashed a memorial to Fusilier Lee Rigby in a horrifying attack just days before the fourth anniversary of his murder.
The heartless thugs even ripped down a teddy bear left there by Lee’s six-year-old son Jack at the memorial in Woolwich, south east London.
Detectives have set up a police cordon after memorial flags were damaged overnight – with some possibly stolen.
Thugs even ripped down a teddy bear left there by Lee’s little son Jack (pictured with his mother Rebecca and Prince Harry at Buckingham Palace last week during a tea party to honour the children of those who have died serving in the armed forces)
The heartless offenders are believed to have struck overnight, targeting the memorial flags which were displayed on railings.
The memorial was placed outside the Royal Artillery Barracks, near where the 25-year-old soldier was brutally killed.
Extremists Michael Adebowale, 25, was jailed for 45 years and accomplice Michael Adebolajo, 32, was jailed for life for killing the off-duty soldier near his barracks on May 22, 2013.
The pair knocked him down with a car before hacking him to death with a meat cleaver and knives.
Police officers are conducting reassurance patrols in the area following the act of vandalism.
Forensics officers are at the scene and have sealed off the area on the boundary wall of a block of flats.
The attack is the second on the site since Christmas after a flag was taken in January.
Lorna Taylor, 49, a friend of Lee’s mother Lyn, who has campaigned for a permanent memorial in the town and has organised a series of events on Sunday and Monday to mark Lee’s murder said she was heartbroken.
She revealed police have asked her if she thought the attack could be racist.
Ms Taylor, from Woolwich also revealed that a teddy left at the scene by Lee’s little son Jack had also been pulled off and thrown over a wall.
The area is a shrine to the fusilier and veterans and other well-wishers leave Tee shirts, cuddly toys and other banners in honour of the soldier at the spot where he was murdered.
Ms Taylor said: ‘I am disgusted.I can’t believe anyone would want to do this. It’s heart breaking.
‘They have slashed everything down with a knife even a memorial banner to Lee we had specially made.
‘Everything has been slashed down with a knife. Even a teddy left by Lee’s son Jack has been cut down and thrown over a wall.
‘The police asked me if I thought it could be racist – but I don’t know. It could be anyone.