POLICE are hunting a sick yob who left human excrement on the steps of a war memorial on the eve of Remembrance Sunday.
Shocked villagers arrived to lay poppies to find someone had defecated on the monument in the hours leading up to the ceremony.
Upset residents were forced to go ahead with the ceremony with the human waste still in place, to allow police to carry out forensic tests and preserve evidence. The monument was later sealed off.
The act in High Melton, Doncaster, has drawn furious criticism from council chiefs.
Fuming Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies said: “This absolutely unspeakable and unthinkable act defies belief.
“Whoever did this is the absolute dregs of society – it is beyond comprehension.
“The individual responsible should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves. To be quite frank they are scum, and the culprits should be named and shamed in public and punished.”
The sickening act at the memorial near the entrance to Doncaster College on Doncaster Road is thought to have taken place late on Saturday or early on Sunday.
It was discovered as officials arrived to make preparations for the wreath-laying ceremony at 11am.
Doncaster councillor Jonathan Wood, who lives in High Melton and whose Sprotbrough ward covers the village, said those responsible were ‘disgusting’.
He said: “What a truly disgraceful and shocking act, and how upsetting for people in the village.
“The fact they had to go ahead with the ceremony with the offending item still in place must have been terribly distressing.”
Coun Wood added: “They would have had to make an effort to climb up to do this and probably thought it was funny.
“Well it’s not – it’s sick – and they should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves.”