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01st Oct 2022

Protester sparks outrage after dumping human faeces and waste all over Sir Captain Tom’s memorial

Steve Hopkins

‘We will work with police to ensure this is taken as far as possible’

A protester who poured a bucket of faeces and urine over a memorial to Captain Sir Tom Moore in a stunt protesting against private jet use has been branded “sick” and “just weird”.

In footage shared on the End UK Private Jets social media pages, Maddie Budd can be seen approaching the memorial, which is shaped like the late British Army officer turned fundraiser, in Thistley Meadow, in Hatton, Derbyshire, carrying a large container before climbing onto a crate and pouring the liquid down its front.

The 21-year-old, wearing a t-shirt with the message End UK Private Jets across the front, doesn’t say anything in the video, but a caption identifying her in the video reads: “Every time a private jet takes off, it pours a bucket of shit and blood on everything Captain Tom stood for.”

The stunt hasn’t gone down well with other social media users, with one, who claimed to have gifted the statue to Thistley Meadow saying he will work with police to “ensure this is taken as far as possible”.

In a statement following the incident, Budd, a former medical student from Wales, said: “People are going to say that he’s a hero, people are going to say that this is profoundly, obscenely disrespectful to his life, and to the NHS he stood up for and I agree.

“I was studying to become a doctor because I believe in taking care of people. If we believe that the NHS is important, if we believe in taking care of each other, if we believe that NHS workers are doing essential work, why are forcing our healthcare system into collapse, why are we forcing our civilisation into collapse, why is basically no-one taking this genocide of all humanity seriously?

“All of this is true and the Government won’t even End UK Private Jets, every time one takes off, it pours a bucket of sh*t and blood onto everything that Captain Tom stood for.”

End UK Private Jets wants to end carbon emissions, starting with the most luxurious and unnecessary emissions in the UK, by ending UK Private Jets.

A spokesperson told LADbible: “Captain Tom is a symbol of doing a good thing in hard times. He did so much good. And every time a private jet takes off, everything he stood for, all the good he did, is getting shit all over.

“The NHS will collapse if there’s no food, water or if the beds are filled up with millions of bodies. Words don’t come close to describe what this looks like. Maddie’s action doesn’t come to close to describe it.”

The spokesperson went on to admit that what Maddie did to Captain Tom “is disrespectful” but said it “doesn’t even come close to the disrespect of letting climate collapse happen”.

Just ahead of his 100th birthday in 2020, Captain Tom made headlines around the when he attempted to complete 100 laps of his garden to raise money for NHS Charities during the pandemic.

A modest goal of £1,000 was set, but Captain Tom ended up raising £32.79 million and earned himself a knighthood. He was also appointed an honorary colonel of the Army Foundation College.

Captain Tom passed away aged 100 on 2 February, 2021.

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