Works to repair a First World War memorial damaged in a car accident have started following complaints by the community to get it fixed.

The railings and wooden post surrounding the cenotaph at the top of Kings Head Hill in Chingford were uprooted eleven weeks ago after a car smashed into it on Armed Forces Day on June 27.

A Ford Focus stopped short of careering straight into the grade II listed memorial cross after it collided with a Volkswagen Golf at the junction with The Ridgeway.

The Chingford Royal British Legion and Hatch Lane ward councillor Geoff Walker have been "chasing" Waltham Forest council to get the memorial repaired ahead of Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day.

Cllr Clyde Loakes, deputy council leader, said: "Following damage to the WW1 memorial site located at the top of Kings Head Hill in Chingford, the council implemented repairs to the brickwork which were completed on Friday and metal work restoration will be finished by the end of this week.

"Fortunately the structure itself was not damaged and the site will be in top nick well before Remembrance Sunday commemorations on 8 November."

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

Ford Focus after it collided into the memorial on June 27