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9/11 Girder Given To UK For Memorial Found Rusting In Cambridgeshire Farmyard

09/09/2013 16:50 BST | Updated 09/09/2013 17:20 BST

A girder that was part of one of the Twin Towers that collapsed on 9/11 has been found rusting in a farmyard in Cambridgeshire.

The 30ft piece of steel was donated to the UK in 2011 for a memorial sculpture erected in London's Battersea Park To commemorate the 67 Britons that died in the New York attacks.

The sculpture was taken down shortly after the anniversary; however an investigation by The Sun newspaper has located the girder rusting in a car park in a farmyard. The girder has subsequently been moved to a North London Tube depot.

Peter Rosengard, the founder of the 9/11 London Project, which raised more than £250,000 to have the girder shipped to Britain, has described the situation an "an insult to those who died".

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London Mayor Boris Johnson, standing next to the sculpture in 2011

Lord Alan West of Spithead was equally scathing: "It's an absolute disgrace. I understand Boris is saying 'Why don't we look at Olympic Park?' I think that's fine but in my personal opinion I think it needs to be more in the City. I think it would be appropriate in the City because that's where there is the main link with it. But it is better than being left in a bloody barn."

Reported by The Sun, Patricia Bingley, whose son Kevin died in the attacks, said: "It's sad no one seems to want it anywhere. It should be put up in central London where everyone can see it."

London mayor Boris Johnson said: "We backed the 9/11 project when the sculpture first came to Battersea, but finding a permanent home for it has proved incredibly difficult, whether it be opposition from Boroughs or bureaucrats. Clearly this can’t continue. As a result I've asked my team to find a permanent home for the sculpture on the Olympic Park.

"The park was home to a Games based on tolerance, harmony and respect, and will soon be home to a massive multi-dimensional and vibrant community - the perfect riposte to those who sought to divide the world on 9/11."