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'Deeply ashamed': Father of climate activist who poured liquid human faeces on Captain Sir Tom Moore memorial speaks out

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The father of a climate activist who poured liquid human faeces on a Captain Sir Tom Moore memorial says he's "deeply ashamed" of her actions.

Jim Budd told the Daily Mail that his 21-year-old daughter Maddie has "gone rogue" after she dropped out of medical school to become a full-time climate activist. 

The smelly ordeal was all captured on camera as Maddie poured a large amount of human faecal matter to protest the use of private jets. 

Maddie's stunt is now with local police who are probing the incident, and Jim said it was "understandable" for them to investigate. 

Jim and his wife messaged Maddie not long after they found out what she had done but have not since heard from her, the Mail reported.

"I felt sick with shock when I saw it - I have sent her a text message but she has not replied."

Warning: The embedded video below contains graphic footage that may be upsetting for some people.

Jim said he was "ashamed of and what she had done", adding the public reaction to his daughter's stunt was justified for "obvious reasons".

"I don't think she understands what the hell she was unleashing, she's done something horrible without thinking of the consequences."

The Mail reports Maddie dropped out of medical school to pursue climate change activism instead. 

"I can't really apologise on her behalf. Sir Tom was clearly a national hero and the country resonated with his fantastic and amazing actions," Jim said.

Sir Tom Moore captured the hearts of people across the world after he walked laps of his garden to raise money for the UK's National Health Service (NHS). He raised £32,796,355 (NZ$65,434,422). 

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