CCTV of war memorial suspect

CCTV footage appears to capture the moment a war memorial was vandalised in central London.

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CCTV shows suspect appearing to graffiti war memorial

CCTV footage showing a man standing next to the Bomber Command Memorial.

New CCTV images have been released showing a man suspected of being responsible for the graffiti-desecration of the £7.5 million Bomber Command memorial.

The man is captured moving in and out of shot next to the memorial, based in Green Park, in the early hours on Monday.

The monument to the 55,573 Bomber Command veterans lost in the Second World War, which was opened by the Queen last June, had the word “Islam” sprayed on it in red paint.

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RAF Benevolent Fund thanks supporters after attack

The RAF Benevolent Fund has tweeted its thanks to those who have supported the fund after the RAF Bomber Command War Memorial in central London was daubed with graffiti.

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Thank you so much for all your supportive messages about Bomber Command Memorial - our team are there cleaning the graffiti now.

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You can lend a hand by texting REMEMBER to 70800 to donate £5 to help us maintain the Bomber Command Memorial, today and beyond.

Graffiti on war memorials treated as criminal damage

Metropolitan police have said the graffiti on the RAF Bomber Command War Memorial and the Animals in War Memorial in central London is being treated as criminal damage.

In a statement, they 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.

– Metropolitan Police statement
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Two London memorials are defaced

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