Norfolk

Dersingham war memorial teenager 'will not be charged'

  • 7 May 2013
  • From the section Norfolk
Kurtis-Ross Green at the Dersingham war memorial
Kurtis-Ross Green has helped maintain his local war memorial for more than 10 years

A teenager who was reported to police for causing criminal damage to a war memorial despite voluntarily tending to it for 10 years will not be prosecuted.

Kurtis-Ross Green, 19, said Dersingham Parish Council in Norfolk reported him and two volunteers over attempts to use mains water to tend flowers.

Norfolk Police said it would not consult with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) over the matter.

Dersingham Parish Council said it was unable to comment.

Award winner

Mr Green, who began tending to the village memorial at the age of nine, said the police became involved when he tried to connect a pipe to the underground mains so he could water the flowers.

In 2009, Mr Green received a Young People of the Year award for his work at the memorial.

He said: "It's made me feel very upset and sickened to know they're trying to prosecute me for criminal damage for all the hard work and grafting that I've put into the site."

Norfolk Police said it had received a complaint from the parish council on 14 February about the work, but officers had spoken to all parties and the CPS would not be notified.

A spokesman added: "Police are aware of Kurtis's efforts in cleaning up the memorial and we will work with all concerned to try to reach an acceptable resolution."

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