Tuesday 15 October 2019

Fury as vandals scrawl 'Islam' on two war memorials in London

A tarpaulin covers part of the Animals in War Memorial on Park Lane in central London, after it and the RAF Bomber Command War Memorial was daubed with graffiti.
A tarpaulin covers part of the Animals in War Memorial on Park Lane in central London, after it and the RAF Bomber Command War Memorial was daubed with graffiti.
Plastiic sheeting covers part of the RAF Bomber Command War Memorial in central London, after it and the Animals in War Memorial was daubed with graffiti

Catherine Wylie and Neil Lancefield

VANDALS have attacked two war memorials in central London.

The RAF Bomber Command War Memorial and the Animals in War Memorial were both daubed with graffiti.

Although the words written on the two memorials have now been covered up, it is thought "Islam" has been written on each of them.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: "At 5am this morning police discovered graffiti on both the RAF Bomber Command War Memorial in Green Park and the Animals in War Memorial on Park Lane.

"Royal Parks' officers and Westminster police are investigating.

"There have been no arrests at present."

The incidents are being treated as criminal damage, police said.

The Bomber Command Memorial remembers the sacrifice and bravery of the 55,573 RAF crew who lost their lives in the Second World War and was unveiled by the Queen last summer.

Just last week Dame Judi Dench described herself as being ''very proud'' to be the first patron of a new campaign to preserve it for generations to come.

The Animals in War Memorial is "a powerful and moving tribute to all the animals that served, suffered and died alongside the British, Commonwealth and Allied forces in the wars and conflicts of the 20th century", according to the Animals in War Fund website.

The monument was unveiled by the Princess Royal in November 2004 - the 90th anniversary of the start of World War I.

The fund's website says the £2 million needed to build the monument came from "a national appeal and the generosity of many individual donors, charities and companies".

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