A war memorial that was smashed to pieces by a Mini has been rebuilt.

The damage was caused in a road accident where a car crashed into the Leckhampton stone cross in 2016.

But the memorial, on the Church Road at the junction with Kingswood Road, was rebuilt by restoration company Skillingtons.

Now the cross will be re-dedicated on Sunday November 12 as part of Remembrance Sunday events.

In a joint statement, Shortlands Ward Councillors Mary Cooke and David Jefferys said: “We are delighted that remembrance services will take place this year, with the carefully restored and repaired memorial cross back again in its original site.

“The Remembrance Day Service, on Sunday 12th November will include a rededication of this much loved memorial.

“It was highly poignant last November when local people, including those from nearby St Marys church, gathered to remember, with a wooden cross at the memorial site following the car accident in July 2016.

“It is not surprising that the temporary loss of the war memorial was noticed by local people but it has had a deep affect locally and has been much missed.

“This whole experience has underlined the importance to us all of properly remembering the sacrifices made for us and the part that memorials like ours play, especially in this forthcoming year as the centurion of the end of World War One.”

The rededication service will take place at 10am in St Mary’s Church followed by a service at 10.45 a.m. at the war memorial.

Poppies and other tributes will be placed at the war memorial which was first unveiled 96 years ago on Sunday October 9, 1921.