A WAR memorial has been targeted for the second time on Rhyl waterfront.

Two of the three 'Silent Soldier' silhouettes, which were organised by Rhyl Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal organiser Richard Kendrick, have been removed from outside the Beachside Cafe on Rhyl promenade.

While it was initially thought that both of the monuments - one made from metal by Mark Little of Evadx in Kinmel Bay and the other carved from cedar by Dyserth chainsaw artist and veteran Ian Murray - had been taken unlawfully, it has since been found that Murray's monument has been removed by David Carlisle, former owner of the cafe, for safekeeping after the first vanished last week.

Mr Kendrick said: "I'm upset and very angry that someone thinks that they can take something for Rhyl's community for themselves.

"It's not just me, there's a lot of anger throughout the community about this. These monuments are supposed to be a mark of pride for Rhyl, people have sent photographs all over the world of them with our silent soldiers on the promenade.

"I know the metal one is worth some money for scrap, so I'm worried that what might have happened to it."

The two silhouettes were constructed last April after the original was decapitated in an act of vandalism. The compound plastic original, which had been repaired and belongs to The Beachside cafe, has not been removed.

Mr Kendrick added:"Like last year, it almost feels like all of our work has gone to waste. Again."

In addition to this latest incident involving the monument and the damage last April, The Journal reported last month of a similar, 'There But Not There' silent soldier memorial being damaged in Rhuddlan.

Mr Kendrick said: " The attacks on these monuments seems to be continuous. It's not just Rhyl, I read about it happening all over the country, and to my knowledge this is sixth incident in North Wales.

"It is so much worse when it happens on your doorstep, I just hope we can restore them to their rightful home."

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of the metal monument is urged to contact North Wales Police on 101, quoting reference number X019428.