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Metal thieves vandalise war memorial

War memorial in Margate vandalised Photo: Meridian Tonight

A war memorial in Margate erected to honour veterans of the Korean War (1950 - 1953) has been vandalised. The monument sits in a corner of Trinity Square in the town, alongside tributes to other conflicts.

The vandalism happened over the weekend of Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 February. Kent Police are asking the public for their help to catch the culprits who ripped metal from the top of the memorial. David Johns reports.

Metal has been ripped from the top of a war memorial Credit: Meridian Tonight

Sergeant Lin Russell from the Thanet Neighbourhood Team said:

"This is a despicable act of damage which appears to have been caused by sometime trying to steal metal from the memorial. It is hard to imagine that thieves will even stoop as low as to rip the plaques off memorials dedicated to those who have died fighting in wars.

"We have mounted a number of successful operations across Kent and Thanet in recent months to tackle metal thieves and we are committed to keeping up the pressure on those causing misery in our communities, but we need the public's help."

If you have any information which could help this investigation, please call 101 quoting reference 26-2112 or call Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 55 111.