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In the news: Council leader speaks of "disappointed" over Basildon sign vandalism

The Leader of Basildon Council has told of his "disappointment" over acts of vandalism that have left the Basildon sign unable to be lit up in time to honour the Queen this February.

A spate of vandalism over recent weeks means the iconic sign will not be lit for proclamation day, which celebrates 60 years since Elizabeth II was proclaimed Queen throughout the Commonwealth after her father, King George VI, died in the early hours of February 6, 1952.

Leader of Basildon Council Councillor Andrew Baggott said: "We light up the sign to support the NHS, and it turned gold for our amazing Olympians. We were due to change the colours for proclamation day but now we can't as some idiots have vandalised it.

"I am extremely disappointed. They have wrecked the electric system, it needs lots of work and parts ordered. The sign has become a beacon for us to say thanks to people who make our community great."

It is not yet clear how much the repairs will cost or how long it will take for parts to arrive but it is estimated to be out of action for around six to eight weeks.

Published on 31 January 2022