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Friday, September 3, 1999 Published at 23:12 GMT 00:12 UK

UK: Wales

Memorial to murder victim vandalised

Sophie Hook's memorial has been vandalised

A seafront memorial to seven-year-old murder victim Sophie Hook in north Wales has been attacked.

Police said a heavy instrument may have been used to cause 300 damage to the memorial to the girl who was murdered in Llandudno four years ago.

The 5,000 memorial is in a shelter used by children and their parents alongside the paddling pool at Craig y Don, Llandudno, near where Sophie was found murdered. She had been snatched from the tent where she was sleeping in the garden of her family's home.


The memorial, in concrete, glass and resin, had only been in place since last month and has now been taken away for repair.

Police said the memorial was damaged between early on Thursday evening and early on Friday morning.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Beedham of Llandudno said he was anxious to hear from anyone who can help to solve the mystery.

Sophie's parents, who live in Cheshire, have been told of the vandalism.

A local man, Howard Hughes, was convicted of the murder and jailed for life.

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