YOBS have smashed down a war memorial in a sickening attack.
They also stole the name plates from the memorial in Birkby's Norman Park - and daubed it with Nazi graffiti.
The shocking attack on the memorial at Norman Park has left the local community stunned.
The proud lone soldier who once stood looking over the park was ripped from the monument and found lying face down.
It is believed a rope or machinery was used in the attack, which took place either late on Friday or early Saturday.
"Die 4 no reason, Long live Hitler" has been scrawled on the memorial's base along with other obscenities.
Bob Mortimer, chairman of the West Yorkshire Royal British Legion, denounced the attack as a "disgrace".
He said: "I am stunned at the amount of damage.
"This is an attack that has taken some organising. It is not just kids, it is planned and has taken some considerable effort.
"I do not believe this is the work of ordinary vandals.
"Even if people have different beliefs or are anti-war there is no excuse for behaviour like this."
Mr Mortimer said he could not imagine what the families of the men whose names were on the stolen rolls of honour must feel like.
"These brave men fought so we could all be free and yet their memory is discredited in this way. It is very upsetting," added Mr Mortimer.
The memorial was erected in memory of the servicemen from the Fartown and Birkby areas who gave their lives in the Great War.
Local councillor Mehboob Khan appealed to anyone who knew anything about the attack to come forward.
He said: "These people need to be caught and punished properly.
"This is not just vandalism, it is an outright attack on our history and the men who made the ultimate sacrifice in defence of freedom.
Darren Williams, 39, of Birkby, said he visits Norman Park regularly and was stunned to see the damage.
"Stealing the name plates is the most despicable thing anyone could have done," he said.
Pc Joanne Sutcliffe of Huddersfield Police said:
"This is a deplorable act and we would urge anyone with any information to come forward."
Contact Pc Sutcliffe on 01484 436659.
The monument was due to be removed from the park today.