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Community shocked by war memorial vandalism

A Scottish Borders community are calling for more education about the war dead, after a memorial honouring soldiers killed in conflict has been vandalised.

Arrows and marks, including the letters LOL, meaning "Laugh Out Loud" have been scratched into the stonework at the monument in Selkirk.

Members of the local community have described the engravings as shocking and disrespectful.

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with vandalism in connection with the incident, and is being reported to the children's panel.

Veterans claim victory in war memorial parking row

A group of war veterans who have been campaigning to save the area surrounding Moffat's war memorial claim they have won their fight against the council.

Dumfries and Galloway Council were planning to create 12 parking spaces next to the memorial as part of a redevelopment.

The veterans, who said that this would be disrespectful to their fallen comrades, are now claiming that the council has made a u-turn on the decision.

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Full report: Group of servicemen campaign for war memorial

A group of former servicemen are trying to prevent the area around a war memorial being turned into car parking.

The veterans have been protesting in the centre of Moffat today.

They say a council plan to build 12 parking spaces is disrespectful to their fallen comrades.

Dumfries and Galloway Council says the move will encourage visitors to come to the market town.

Matthew Taylor reports:

War veterans campaign in Moffat

The group of former servicemen campaigning against the parking plans Credit: ITV News Border

A group of former servicemen have been protesting in Moffat against the creation of car parking spaces that they say it is disrespectful to their fallen comrades.

War veterans paying tribute to fallen comrades at the memorial 90 years ago Credit: ITV News Border
The war memorial as it stands today Credit: ITV News Border

"It brings back memories" says war veteran

A group of former servicemen are trying to prevent the area around a war memorial being turned into car parking.

The veterans, some aged in their nineties, have been protesting in the centre of Moffat.

They say a council plan to build 12 parking spaces is disrepectful to their fallen comrades.

Archie Wilson, who served with the 7th Battalion the Kings Own Scottish Borderers, says that he uses the memorial to reflect on his time spent fighting for his country:

Veteran leads war memorial campaign

An 85-year-old war veteran is leading a camping to stop the Moffat war memorial being surrounded by parking spaces.

Billy Duncan is against an application lodged with Dumfries and Galloway Council requesting twelve parking spaces to be assigned around the memorial.

Mr Duncan believes that the parking spaces will restrict the ability for armed forces parades and is highly disrespectful to fallen soldiers.

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