HOW COULD THEY? Bradley Lowery tribute vandalised by heartless thugs who wrote a swear word over Sunderland shirt put up in his honour

The football top hanging outside a pub was defaced in the early hours of this morning

The football top hanging outside a pub was defaced in the early hours of this morning. HEARTLESS thugs have vandalised a football shirt hung up in memory of tragic Bradley Lowery by writing a swear word on it.

The Sunderland AFC top was put up in honour of the youngster, who lost his fight with cancer last Friday, outside The Clock pub in Hebburn, Tyne and Wear.

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But landlady Andrea Howe said she was left feeling “disgusted” when she noticed it had been defaced as she opened up this morning.

Before the shirt was daubed with the offensive message, it lovingly read: “There is only one Bradley Lowery, rest in peace love. Alan and Yvonne xxx.”

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Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery with his footballer pal Jermain Defoe

Pub manager Andrea said: “We’ve checked the cameras, but unfortunately we can’t see anything.

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Residents Kerry Neale and Taylor Joyce stand beside the tribute Sunderland shirt which has been defaced.

“The pub was locked up at midnight, so it happened sometime after that.”

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“It’s disgusting. I’m leaving it up so the public can see just how despicable it is.”

“To think someone could do that, when everyone is thinking about Bradley, is disgusting”

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The pub landlady discovered the ‘disgusting’ expletive written on the shirt.

The Clock pub in Hebburn where the tribute had been hung up in Bradley’s honour

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The shocking vandalism has disgusted many of those in the area, who had been paying their respects to the youngster.

“Anyone can get cancer – how would they feel if it was one of their family members?”

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Kerry Neale, 42, from Hebburn, said: “There’s just no need for it. What sort of scumbag does that?

“That doesn’t represent the people of Hebburn at all.”

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“We put children and things like this before football.”

Kerry said: “Everybody knows why it’s there, but someone has obviously taken issue with the football shirt.

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“It’s awful that someone would do that.

“There are other tributes to Bradley in the area, and it’s sickening that someone would deface it.”

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“We want those responsible to be caught. It’s just not acceptable.”

The shirt was first hung on the fence outside the pub after Bradley lost his fight with neuroblastoma – a rare form of cancer.

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Bradley was close to his favourite footballer Jermain Defoe, who is expected to attend the funeral.

Today, another Sunderland shirt was hung up, with the message “RIP Bradley. Cancer has no colours and neither do we”.

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The youngster’s funeral is due to take place tomorrow and mourners are invited to wear bright colours, including football shirts.

The family has also been forced to ask people not to ask for autographs as footballer and pal Jermain Defoe is expected to attend.

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Tributes paid to Bradley Lowery at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland. Lets take a view on a video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pJC1LonC7E