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A tribute shirt left in memory of the late Bradley Lowery has been vandalised by vile thugs, who wrote ‘Sh*t’ on the front of it, referencing their opinion on Sunderland Football Club.

The shirt had been put up outside the Clock Pub in Hebburn, near Newcastle, the home of Sunderland’s fiercest rivals.

The original message on the shirt read: “There is only one Bradley Lowery, rest in peace love. Alan and Yvonne xxx.”

But the disgraceful act saw the message overwritten by a loutish swearword in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Andrea Howe, manager of the pub, discovered the vandalism when she opened up the pub on Thursday and has told of her disgust.

She said: “We’ve checked the cameras but unfortunately we can’t see anything.

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

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

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

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

Bradley, from Hartlepool, County Durham, was just six-years-old when he died of Neuroblastoma.

The youngster had been in and out of hospital with surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and intensive care treatments before his sad death in early July.

People from around the world helped raised more than £1 million for his official charity, Bradley’s fight, including large donations from several top flight football clubs.

Bradley’s story and incredibly lovable personality gripped the hearts of the country – not least former Sunderland striker Jermaine Defoe, who is reportedly jetting back from Spain to attend Bradley’s funeral.

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