War memorial defaced

A memorial unveiled in London to twenty five thousand men from Lincolnshire who died in bombing raids during World War Two - has been defaced.

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Two London memorials are defaced

The spray paint has been covered at the Bomber Command monument Credit: ITN

Two London war memorials have been defaced by vandals.

The Bomber Command monument in Green Park and the Animals In War memorial were spray-painted overnight. Police are investigating.

Douglas Radcliffe at the memorial Credit: ITN

Douglas Radcliffe is the Secretary of the Bomber Command Association. He says he's standing at the moment until the graffiti is removed.

He went on to say "I'm very disturbed of course. I can't relate to who's done it."

"If we knew it was going to happen we would have taken some reserve."

The Animals In War memorial covered over Credit: ITN
The words on the memorial have been crossed out in red spray paint Credit: ITN

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War veteran vows to stay at memorial until graffiti is removed

An 89-year-old war veteran has said he will stand at the Bomber Command monument in London's Green Park until spray paint defacing the memorial has been removed.

Douglas Radcliffe MBE, the Secretary of the Bomber Command Association, told ITV News that he was "very disturbed" by the act of vandalism and said he could not understand why anyone would deface the honour.

I'm standing here until this graffiti is removed.

The 77,000 young men who died, died to give whoever put that graffiti there the freedom to live in this country and honour it, so I can't believe that somebody would do this.

– Douglas Radcliffe MBE

World War II memorial defaced

A memorial to twenty five thousand men from Lincolnshire who died in bombing raids during World War Two - has been defaced.

The Bomber Command Memorial in London was only unveiled last year - but has now had the word Islam spray painted on the side. Inscriptions have also been struck out. No one's been arrested.

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