Angry father confronts alleged thieves at Manchester bombing memorial
A memorial of children's toys and flowers for the young victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack has apparently attracted thieves who apparently had the gall to steal from the site.
An angry dad filmed his confrontation with two men who allegedly stole a blue Smurf toy and picked flowers from the display in a Manchester town that was put up following a vigil for the victims of the terrorist attack.
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"You better f*** off from here or I'm going to call the police," Mark McNally, 43, could be heard yelling at the two men, according to a video shared by Caters News. "You don't pinch from it, do you?"
McNally said he was heading home from a local pub in Stalybridge when he saw the two men lingering around the memorial, one with flowers in his hand.
"Originally, I thought he was going to put them on the memorial but then I saw them walking away with them," he said. "Unfortunately, I didn't notice they had a stuffed toy as well when I was there."
He started recording as he approached the men, who could be heard explaining that they were laying the flowers on the site, and that they didn't understand what was going on.
"It's very clear that it's a memorial even though there was a language barrier," McNally said. "It just goes without saying that even a child would know what it was there for."
The two men attempted to walk off, but passersby heard the commotion, and quickly rallied around McNally to pressure the men to replace the items before shooing the pair away.
"I was so angry with it all," he said. "I have children myself and I can relate it to them and can't imagine what it would be like to lose a child in such a tragedy."